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1 CHAPTER 7 SINGLE SUBJECT DESIGNS Behavior Management Applications for Teachers 5 th Ed Thomas J Zirpoli Copyright 2008 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved 2 CHAPTER OVERVIEW Single subject designs are presented in this chapter Several different designs are outlined and discussed These designs include A B A BC A B A B alternating treatments changing criterion and multiple baseline Three types of multiple baseline designs are discussed multiple baseline across subjects behaviors and setting The relative strengths and weaknesses of each design are also discussed Behavior Management Applications for Teachers 5 th Ed Thomas J Zirpoli Copyright 2008 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved 3 CHAPTER OUTLINE I II III Introduction The Purpose of Single Subject Designs A Baseline and Intervention Conditions Types of Single Subject Designs A B C D E F The A B Design The A B A Design The A B A B Design The Alternating Treatments Design The Changing Criterion Design Multiple Baseline Designs 1 The multiple baseline across subjects design 2 The multiple baseline across behaviors design 3 The multiple baseline across settings design Behavior Management Applications for Teachers 5 th Ed Thomas J Zirpoli Copyright 2008 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved 4 CHAPTER SUMMARY The purpose of single subject designs is to allow teachers to demonstrate experimental control and intervention effects with a single child or small group of children Thus these designs are ideal for classroom teachers parents and other teachers who want to demonstrate the effectiveness of their behavior reduction strategies When using single subject designs comparisons are made between or among conditions employed during different phases of a behavior change program Baseline and intervention conditions represent the two primary conditions employed in single subject designs These are labeled conditions A and B Intervention conditions may vary and thus may be labeled C D E and so on to



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