Designing Contingencies

The design and implementation of effective contingencies to solve problems of social importance is the sine qua non of behavior analysis. This binder compiles many of the contingencies known to reflect ‘best practice’ for achieving ethical change in problematic behavior. For service providers already familiar with the principles and operations of behavior analysis the worksheets contained within this binder will serve as a convenient means of standardizing your communication and documentation of procedures.

For those less familiar with Applied Behavior Analysis the booklet will provide an overview of the critical concepts, principles and operations that the ethical utilization of each of the contingencies contained herein. Of particular note is the one page “cheat sheet” that guides the provider through a set of key questions that help localize which contingencies to utilize for which purpose. In addition, each contingency description is designed so that that pages can be copied and completed for an individual learner or client. This is important because it allows for both the individualization of a program and ensures that ethical safeguards are being followed in the delivery of that program. Above all else, it is hoped that this booklet will assist the service provider in selecting and delivering the right contingency, for the right reason, and in the right way for each and every consumer of ABA services.

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