A behavior analyst has been assigned to work with a new client who has previously received ABA services from another company. According to the client’s parent, the client’s previous services were going well and the family would like the structure of therapy and treatment plan to remain the same. Upon reviewing the previous intervention plan and assessments, the BCBA is concerned that some intervention styles mentioned in the reports are not behavior analytic in nature. What should the behavior analyst do next to ensure a smooth transition into a new therapeutic ABA service?
- The BCBA should continue to implement interventions as outlined in the previous plan and evaluate if progress is being made on each skill.
- The BCBA should begin to implement the effective and evidence-based interventions from the treatment plan as they are written, while applying the dimensions of behavior analysis to evaluate whether the other interventions are behavior analytic.
- The BCBA should assess and interpret interobserver agreement between themselves and the technician to ensure they are following the intervention styles from the previous plan with fidelity.
- The BCBA should tell the parent they are unable to implement the treatment plan as it is written and arrange for orderly termination of services.
Step 1: Identify the concept being tested
This question tests your understanding of ethical considerations for the continuity of client care.
Step 2: Analyze the question
The question presents a scenario in which a behavior analyst has inherited a new client and is unsure if the previous interventions were behavior analytic. The parent is asking the BCBA to implement services according to the previous treatment plan put in place by a previous service provider. The reader is asked to identify the next best step for the BCBA to ensure proper continuity of care.
The Correct Answer is B
If parent report and data reveal that some aspects of the original treatment plan are effective and behavior analytic, the BCBA may continue to implement those aspects of the plan, while assessing the other areas of the treatment plan. Using the dimensions of applied behavior analysis (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968) will aid in evaluating whether interventions are behavior analytic in nature, while maintaining some similarity will aid in a client transitioning smoothly from previous intervention services.
- It is unclear if previous intervention services were behavior analytic in nature. In order to operate within the Task List and ethical guidelines as a BCBA, the BCBA should ensure intervention is behavior analytic in nature. The best way to decipher the previous treatment plan in this new context is to use the dimensions of behavior analysis to determine what is appropriate while maintaining continuity of care.
- Assessment and interpretation of interobserver agreement would be useful to determine if two or more independent observers are reporting the same observed values while measuring the same event. This is an effective way to measure treatment fidelity but would not assist the BCBA in deciding whether or not the interventions are behavior analytic.
- For best practices and continuity of care, the BCBA should continue to collaborate with the parent to determine the most appropriate course of action for determining the effectiveness of the treatment plan.
Task List Reference:
Task List 4 Section Area:
B. Experimental Design
Task List 4 Item:
B-01. Use the dimensions of applied behavior analysis (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968) to evaluate whether interventions are behavior analytic in nature.
Secondary Task List 4 Section Area:
G. Identification of the Problem
Secondary Task List 4 Item:
G-06. Provide behavior-analytic services in collaboration with others who support and/or provide services to one’s client