A Call for Measuring and Charting Fluent Responding with Communication, Daily Living and Tolerating Skills of Substantial Duration


Presenter(s): Patrick McGreevy. Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A. and Associates

Abstract: Our standard units and our standard display are the hallmarks of a natural science of behavior, to which B. F. Skinner, Ogden Lindsley, and many others have dedicated their lives. One of the practical advantages of this science is that fluency can be measured and achieved. Within our standard charting community, most of the work on achieving fluent responding has been accomplished with frequency measures of tool skills, component skills, and academic skills of brief duration. This paper is a call for the measurement and achievement of fluent responding with communication, daily living, and tolerating skills with durations of more than a few seconds, which are typically taught to learners with limited repertoires, and which cannot be functionally repeated and measured with frequency. Examples of these skills include: retrieving several items from distant locations when directed to do so, washing your hands, loading the dishwasher after dinner, and tolerating the noise of a vacuum cleaner. This can be accomplished by measuring the latency + the duration of these skills, displaying this combined measure on the SCC, and reading this measure with the SCC frequency converter.

Event Level: Intermediate                    CEUs: 1 

Objective(s): 1. Participants will describe the value of fluent responding in learners with severe disabilities; 2. Participants will describe the two components of fluent responding; 3. Participants will describe three examples of daily living skills that should be taught to fluency; 4. Participants will describe two examples of skills that could not be functionally repeated and measured with frequency; 5. Participants will begin to use the SCC frequency converter