Amanda Laprime – Dancing with Your Data: Novel Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis to Drive Meaningful Clinical Decisions

1.0 Type II CE Credits

This talk was filmed at the 2019 CCBS Autism Conference in Buellton, CA

About the presentation:

Latency has received a high level of interest in the behavior analytic community as a measure which may provide deeper information around idiosyncratic variables related to operant behavior. A number of research studies have demonstrated that latency measures may be comparable to response rate as a measure, and also be predictive of other factors of interest when conducting functional analyses (FA), identifying response classes, and during skill acquisition instruction (Call, Pabico, & Lomas, 2009; Thomason-Sassi, Iwata, Neidert, & Roscoe, 2011). In the current paper, the author will show how the use of latency may contribute to behavior analytic practice during assessment and intervention, and provide a model for when and how to utilize latency in each of these capacities to drive clinical decision-making.

1. Attendees will define latency and describe the types of ways latency can be used in clinical practice
2. Attendees will be compare and contrast data analysis outcomes when using latency versus other measures (e.g., frequency, trial-by-trial, duration)
3. Attendees will discuss the ways in which latency measures can impact an understanding of responses classes of behavior, changes in motivation during instruction, and elements of stimulus control
4. Attendees will identify idiosyncratic variables in data patterns when latency measures are used and discuss how the analysis of those variables contribute to clinical decision making

About the presenter: 

Dr. Amanda Laprime currently serves as the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™. She was nominated for this position by the Board of Directors after becoming a member of the first Exceptional Student Group, and then an Advisor to the center. Amanda has completed a variety of projects for the center that have included an overview of the history of CCBS, a history presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and the development of CE’s for the CCBS book, Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Science. Amanda completed her master’s degree at Northeastern University under the guidance of Dr.Gary Pace, and her doctorate at Simmons University (previously Simmons College) under the guidance of Dr. Ron Allen, Dr. Judah Axe, and Dr. Russell Maguire. Amanda currently works as a Program Director at the Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, CT where she provides leadership to the CCSN Consultation Team and supports program development in educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.  In addition to her work with the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™, Amanda has published research in peer-reviewed journals, presented at local and national conferences, and currently serves as a part-time lecturer for Northeastern University, an adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Joseph, and a member of the board of directors for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group and the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT).

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