To prepare: Review the meaning of “frequency measurement,” as addressed by your readings and video introduction this week. Review the target behavior you defined last week, incorporating any feedback from your Instructor before you begin the Assignment. Review the video of a child exhibiting a target behavior located in this week’s Learning Resources. Apply observational systems to the behavior by doing the following: Restate the target behavior as defined in last week’s Assignment. Conduct a simple frequency measurement. That is, count up the number of times you observed the target behavior occurring on the video. Write a one-paragraph description of your experiences (e.g., ease of assignment, difficulties encountered, etc.). Required Readings Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. Chapter 4, “Measuring Behavior” (pp. 74-98) Chapter 5, “Improving and Assessing the Quality of Behavioral Measurement” (pp. 102–120) Reszka, S. S., Odom, S. L., & Hume, K. A. (2012). Ecological features of preschools and the social engagement of children with autism. Journal of Early Intervention, 34(1), 40–56. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases. Schmidt, M. G., Rapp, J. T., Novotny, M. A., & Lood, E. A. (2012). Detecting changes in non‐simulated events using partial interval recording and momentary time sampling: Evaluating false positives, false negatives, and trending. Behavioral Interventions, 28(1), 58–81. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases. Required Media Laureate Education (Producer). (2014d). Week 3 introduction [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 48 minutes. Laureate Education (Producer). (2014a). Observing problem behaviors [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 16 minutes.
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