2019-2020 CE Webinar Series

Assessment and Treatment of Negatively Reinforced Behavior

Presenter: Eileen M. Roscoe, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

This four-paper symposium will focus on the assessment and treatment of negatively reinforced behavior. Holly Wiggins will present an evaluation of an indirect assessment for identifying tasks for a functional analysis. The indirect assessment yielded high reliability and tasks identified as highly aversive corresponded with functional analysis outcomes for five participants. Next, two papers on differential reinforcement without extinction will be reviewed. Eileen Roscoe will review a treatment analysis of behavior maintained by escape from medical procedures. Differential reinforcement in combination with stimulus fading was effective for three participants, and differential reinforcement alone was effective for one participant. Jacqueline Rogalski will present a treatment evaluation of differential magnitudes of escape provided contingent on compliance relative to problem behavior for three participants with escape-maintained behavior. Large differential escape magnitudes were effective for all participants; equal and moderate differential escape magnitudes were ineffective. For the last presentation, Jacqueline Rogalski will review existing literature on negatively reinforced caregiver behavior in the form of escape from problem behavior and suggests potential treatment options. Implications for the assessment and treatment of negatively reinforced behavior will be discussed.

*This webinar offers 2 BACB Learning CEs.


Information regarding dates and locations for the 2020 summer workshops will be posted no later than June 2020.  Workshops may include topics listed below.

Introduction to Working with Students with ASD
This introductory training provides participants with the foundational skills to work effectively with students with ASD and related disabilities. Topics include an overview of diagnostic criteria and learning characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This workshop reviews the general principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the importance of incorporating reinforcement systems and data collection into programming to ensure success. This session will also cover the general classroom and instructional characteristics needed for this population to make effective progress.

Teaching New Skills Using Systematic Instruction
This training provides a hands-on overview of a number of methods to teach children with ASD and related disabilities across a variety of settings. Participants will learn how to incorporate incidental teaching opportunities across the day, teach longer sequences of behavior using task analysis, and implement discrete trial methods. Hands-on practice of all teaching and data collection methods will be included.

Preventing and Reducing Challenging Behavior
A comprehensive review of the steps involved in conducting functional assessments of problem behavior is provided. Includes a review of how to identify and define problem behavior, develop data collection systems, and how to use functional assessment tools. A variety of treatment methods will be reviewed including pro-active strategies, scheduling manipulations, and reinforcement programs.

Inclusion Strategies for Students with ASD
This workshop provides an overview of how to develop successful inclusion programs for a range of children with ASD in general education settings. For those students new to inclusion, topics will include how to identify appropriate inclusion activities and increase participation and socialization. For students who are ready for increased independence in the inclusion setting, strategies to maintain student growth and motivation will be reviewed. The workshop will also review how to measure student progress and assign staff roles.

“NECC is clearly the leader in the field of special needs schools for autism and other organizations can use it as a role model.” – NECC Donor