Jul 23, 2019
In episode #4 of “ABA On Call,” Rick and Doug highlight the upside of using dimensional quantities of measurement versus dimensionless quantities of measurement. They also seek to help you uncover the most accurate information possible when implementing your behavior analytical techniques and procedures.
According to the co-hosts, when you have a dimensional quantity -- you as a behavior analyst have more accurate client information to work with and can better understand the magnitude of what is happening versus a behavior or idea that is dimensionless.
For example, think about a child that needs to read correctly.
You measure the percent of “words read correctly” and you note that the child read a passage “95% correctly.” Think about what you could gain by measuring the number of words read both correctly and incorrectly within a specific unit of time (pinpoints). This child is now producing more behavior, and thus, more data and information for an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practitioner or educator to more precisely cater their custom intervention to accelerate superior outcomes for the child.
Rick and Doug also discuss how you can rethink how you measure and look at behavior and how ABA therapist can determine the difference between pinpointing and operational definitions.