The Use of Preference Assessments in Applied Settings


This 60-minute recorded webcast provides an overview of the use of preference assessments in applied settings with individuals with developmental disabilities.



The use of reinforcement is vital when acquiring, maintaining, and eliminating operant behaviors (Pace et al.,1985). However, identifying the preferences and reinforcers of individuals with severe intellectual disabilities can be challenging. Researchers have recently examined the methodological rigor of preference assessments and several studies have demonstrated the results of preference assessments to be effective at identifying reinforcers (DeLeon & Iwata, 1996; Fisher et al., 1992). For these reasons, training direct care staff in how to conduct preference assessments is important (Roscoe & Fisher, 2008).

This presentation will provide a brief review of the literature on preference assessments and discuss different formats and various stimuli used.


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