Joseph Lambert, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Function-Based Frameworks for Addressing Multiply Controlled Challenging Behavior

Description: When challenging behavior is multiply controlled it is difficult to ascertain, in naturalistic contexts, which variables influence it from moment to moment. This fact adds a layer of complexity to the effective implementation of function-based response suppression techniques (e.g., extinction) and interventions for this class of behavior are often multi-faceted. When this is the case, it may be beneficial to organize treatment components into a logical, function based, framework (e.g., an individualized levels system) which capitalizes on the dynamic ways in which relevant variables (e.g., multiple motivating operations) might interact to influence responding. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight for practitioners some variables that they may wish to consider when attempting to design feasible and effective interventions for multiply controlled challenging behavior.