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For this discussion, you are going to create a scenario in which you have a client who is in need of assessment and choose two ethical considerations taken from the BACB’s “Professional and Ethical Compliance Code” to explain how you would address them. Describe the consideration that applies to your scenario and how you would approach it. Discuss in detail why you felt the two considerations that you chose were most important in your hypothetical scenario. Peer Responses: Respond to two classmates’ primary posts by discussing the ethical considerations that they chose and identifying two additional considerations, explaining how they apply to their scenario. Angela Milburn posted Jul 15, 2020 10:30 PM Our client is a three-year old that is an only child and is attending preschool for the first time. The preschool teacher was worried about the behavior of the child, so the school called a BCBA. Code 3.03 behavior-analytic assessment consent both A and B. As well as Code 3.04 explaining assessment results, is going to be the first avenue to go down in this scenario. Code 3.03 A requires the BCBA explain to the client and/or the caregiver what is going to happen during the assessment (Bailey & Burch, 2016). Informing the client and/or caregiver who all will be participating in the assessment as well as explaining in what way the results from the assessment will be utilized for (Bailey & Burch, 2016). Part B of code 3.03 would be the next step as here is the requirement of gaining either the client or caregiver’s consent in writing for the assessment to go forth (Bailey & Burch, 2016). Code 3.04 takes us to the end of the assessment and before the intervention. Explaining assessment results in a fashion that everyone understands the data and the meaning of all input (Bailey & Burch, 2016). The concern I have that makes me lean into these two codes, me wanting to make sure that the client and/or caregivers/parents feel as they are a predominant part of the team. In this scenario, we have an only child which may mean that the parents have never had any interaction with programs or support systems for persons with disabilities. Also because it was the preschool that called for a BCBA, the parents may not realize the need for a FA. This child is their first child. They may not know what behaviors are atypical and which are typical. I would prefer that the parents are comfortable with the process and those who are doing the assessment. As well as what data was gathered from the assessment and where that information may take us. Natasha Rutherford posted Jul 17, 2020 2:25 PM Hello class and professor, Stephanie is a 5 year old girl just starting Kindergarten. She had recently moved to a new town with her parents and has not made any new friends yet. She is somewhat shy and tends to keep to herself. As of recently she has been throwing tantrums in the classroom right before recess by trowing herself to the floor and crying. The teacher noticed her shyness and holding herself back from socializing with the other children so she lets the other children go to recess with her teacher aide, while she allows Stephanie to stay behind in the classroom with the teacher. She consoles her and provides her with attention. This behavior continues each day of the week right before recess begins. The teacher notices a routine in the behavior and requests an assessment be done to find the function of the behavior. Before the assessment can be conducted there are some ethics codes that need to be considered. According to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Ethics code 3.03 (b), ” Behavior analysts must obtain the client’s written approval of the assessment procedures before implementing them.” (2014). This means that the assessor must receive written consent from the parents, which also means that the parents must be notified of the behavior occurrences, preferably before the assessment is even recommended. The teacher should send a note home with Stephanie any time she engages in such behaviors so the parents can also be on the same page when the consent for the FBA is required. Another ethical consideration would be 3.02 medical consultation. If there is any possibility that the behavior could be associated with a medical variable , there should be a medical consultation (BACB, 2014). The reason the code 3.03 (b) is so important regarding this scenario is because in my opinion when things happen at school a lot of the time the parents do not get the full information on the behavior that occurs. The teachers get a front row seat while the parents get words written on paper. The parents need to understand what is going on with their child and the processes that will happen with the assessment. The consent is a requirement before anything in the process can begin. The reason I chose code 3.02 for this scenario to be important is because Stephanie could suffer from social anxiety that might need an evaluation from a doctor. She could be engaging in her target behavior as an escape of a task (socializing with other children). The teacher provides her with one-on-one attention, which in turn can be reinforcing the behavior to occur again and again. -Natasha Rutherford-