Dimitra Chaldi


Behavior Analysts have many job responsibilities, one of them is to assess and treat behavior problems. The selection of the most appropriate and effective measurement procedure of challenging behaviors is considered critical, as some measurement methods provide more accurate and complete information, about the target behavior, than others. However, behavior clinicians should be aware, as not every measurement procedure is appropriate for every problem behavior. In our study, we evaluated the effects of three different measurement techniques for escaping from a demand by engaging in challenging behavior (i.e., screaming). We compared the assessment procedures that we implemented in order to analyze our participant’s screaming behavior and at the same time, we provided the potential limits and strengths of each measurement technique. Nevertheless, guidelines for effective implementation of measurement procedures for challenging behaviors, such as screaming, in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and further recommendations are needed. Thus, having completed this study, further research is recommended.

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