Stop Using A-B-C Charts—Advanced Workshop (WS022)

Friday, February 18, 2022
8:30 AM–11:45 AM

  • CPD: 3
  • PMD: 1,4
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. delineate the flaws in the often-used A-B-C descriptive charting system;
  2. identify the motivational condition for the following access functions: attention, peer attention, and tangible reinforcers;
  3. identify the motivational condition for the following escape functions: unpleasant social situations, lengthy tasks, difficult tasks, and aversive physical stimuli; and
  4. complete a form for trigger analysis, with behavioral description, for the wide diversity of problems and students encountered in public schools.


The A-B-C charting approach, while commonly used for collecting real-time observational data, can often be incorrect in the delineation of pertinent antecedents and consequences of problem behavior. This presentation will describe a more effective alternative direct observation technique for identifying the function of problem behavior: trigger analysis with behavioral description. Simulations, using the Cipani Behavioral Classification System diagnostic manual, will be conducted by the presenter for participants to practice during the session.



Ennio Cipani

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