Joseph Lambert, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Trial-based FAs as Baseline During Intensive Intervention in School Setting

Trial-based functional analyses (FA) are pragmatic assessments because programmed trials are brief, don’t require substantial human resources to implement, and can establish experimental control following minimal contact with problem behavior. Given these advantages, trial-based FAs appear to be particularly well suited for teachers confronted with persistent challenging behavior in schools. However, research on teacher implemented trial-based FAs is limited and it is unclear how to use trial-based FA results as baseline for subsequent treatment evaluations. In this talk, I will present a small line of research highlighting an iterative process toward trial-based intensive therapy which allows a single practitioner to serve as both therapist and data collector, using response latencies from the onset of relevant establishing operations (collected during trial-based FAs) as baseline during the treatment validation process.