Recent Advances in the Functional Analysis and Treatment of Destructive Behavior

Recent Advances in the Functional Analysis and Treatment of Destructive Behavior

Wayne Fisher, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services)

Functional analysis (FA) is an individualized assessment designed to evaluate a person’s destructive behavior in relation to environmental events that may affect the future probability of that behavior.  It is designed to identify (a) the environmental contexts in which destructive behavior is likely and unlikely to occur; (b) the consequences that reinforce destructive behavior; and (c) specific interventions that will effectively reduce destructive behavior.  In this workshop, I will show how FA methods have (a) increased our understanding of how environmental antecedents and consequences affect destructive behavior; (b) facilitated the development of novel and effective treatments, and (c) produced simpler and more efficient interventions.  Next, I will show how descriptive data can be used to develop alternative functional analyses for idiosyncratic functions of destructive behavior displayed by individuals with autism.  Finally, I also will focus on: (a) recent research on establishing-operation manipulations that can be used to prevent extinction bursts when treatment is initiated; (b) stimulus-control procedures that can be used to promote the rapid transfer of treatment effects to novel therapists, contexts, and caregivers; and (c) the use of behavioral momentum theory to prevent resurgence of problem when caregivers do not implement treatment procedures with high procedural integrity.

3 BACB Learning CEUs, SW CEUs, and SCECH CEUs

Dr. Wayne Fisher
Wayne Fisher is the Henry Rutgers Endowed Professor of Pediatrics in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the inaugural director of the Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Service (RU-CARES), a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D), and a licensed psychologist. He was previously a tenured professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where he built clinical-research programs in autism and developmental disabilities with international reputations for excellence. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in over 30 different behavioral and/or medical journals, including: the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; Pediatrics; the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders; the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; and The Lancet. Fisher has had near-continuous federal grant support for his research for over 20 years. He is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a past president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (SEAB), a fellow in the Association for Behavior Analysis International. His is the recipient of (a) the Bush Leadership Award; (b) the APA (Division 25) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research; (c) the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award; (d) the University of Nebraska system-wide Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity Activity; (e) the SEAB, Don Hake Translational Research Award from APA (Division 25), and (f) the Outstanding Mentor of Graduate Students Award from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Sun 2:13 am - 12:00 am
Workshop
Michigan Autism Conference