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Evaluating Behavioral Plans

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A behavioral support (intervention or treatment) plan, among other things, aims at reducing a targeted problem behavior. Accordingly, the plan represents the independent variable, while behavioral and other changes represent the dependent variables. In this entry, we discuss many of the considerations that go into identifying and measuring the changes that occur as a result of a plan to evaluate its effectiveness.

The label used to refer to either a single behavior (e.g., hitting) or a class of target behaviors (e.g., physical aggression, including behaviors such as hitting, kicking, scratching, biting, etc.) is important. The label, first of all, should be physically descriptive; that is, it should describe the physical characteristics (topography) of the behavior. This contributes to more ...

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