Risk-Benefit Analysis of a Controversial Intervention

Risk-Benefit Analysis of a Controversial Intervention


Consider this scenario: The principal of a local school learned about a facility in Massachusetts that uses an electric shock device as a behavior control procedure. For more information on this device, review the Linscheid et al. article. The principal has requested that parents of one of her school’s students allow this procedure as an intervention to stop the student’s elopement and the aggressive behaviors that have caused injuries, including lacerations and a broken finger, to two teachers. The parents contacted you to seek advice on this matter. You conduct a review of the file and discover a functional behavior assessment has been conducted by a BCaBA on these behaviors, but it appears the BCaBA conducted this assessment without the oversight of a BCBA. Also, records indicate some of the previous treatments used to address these problem behaviors included sensory integration therapy and facilitated communication. Consider Bailey and Burch’s risk-benefit analysis model. Also consider all relevant ethical elements you have learned in this course thus far. Prepare a formal letter to the parents with your recommendations. Include a copy of the worksheet you used with your notes to conduct the risk-benefit analysis.

Writing Requirements

To achieve a successful project experience and outcome for your Controversial Treatments paper, you are expected to meet the following requirements:

1 Written communication:

Prepare an outline of your key points and related comments before constructing your document.

Check grammar and spelling using your software’s editing tools.

Practice the correct use of the ABA terminology that you have learned, where appropriate.

Edit carefully to remove out-of-place or extraneous content. The final product should clearly communicate your points in a concise and efficient manner. This is an important skill to practice for becoming an effective behavior analyst. Remember that others (for example, teachers, parents, caretakers, and managers) often will have only a few precious minutes or seconds to hear or read your comments.

2 Paper expectations:

Write a paper of no less than 750 words and no more than 1,000 words of content, excluding the cover page and references.

Use double spacing with one-inch margins.

Use Times New Roman, 12-point font. Use underlining, italics, and bold highlights sparingly.

7List of references:Include at least one reference from a professional journal or text, Web site, or other resource. In some cases, you will be directed to provide additional references or information.

4 APA format:Format the paper (including references) according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.


Refer to the Risk-Benefit Analysis of a Controversial Intervention Scoring Guide to ensure you understand the grading criteria for this assignment.

Include a worksheet outlining the risks and benefits identified.

-Includes risk-benefit worksheet with many correct risks and benefits identified.

Prepare a letter to the family explaining the risks and benefits of using the electric shock device to address the maladaptive behavior exhibited by the student.

-Prepares a letter to the family that addresses several risks and benefits of using the electric shock device to address the maladaptive behavior exhibited by the student and provides resources to support this.

Describe the use of this procedure to relevant BACB ethical code elements.

-Describes use of this procedure to relevant BACB ethical code elements using examples of the procedure.

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