March 2023 Research Review Club #1 – Behavior Analysis In Health And Fitness


Course Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023 @ 11 am – 12 pm (CST)
Instructors: Jordan Litt, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA-NYS and Mitalben Patel., M.S., BCBA
1 general BACB® CEU provided upon course completion – full course description below

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**This course will provide the participant with 1 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**

Description of General Learning Type CE Event: Join us for our monthly Research Review Club on 3/19/23 where we will be covering: “Token-economy-based contingency management increases daily steps in adults with developmental disabilities.” Nastasi, Sheppard, & Raiff (2020). 1 General CEU will be provided for participating in an online discussion and completing a final quiz based on the live discussion.

Research Abstract: Adults with developmental disabilities are less likely to meet physical activity guidelines than typically developing counterparts. Contingency management (CM) interventions increase physical activity in sedentary adults. The current study systematically replicated previous research among sedentary adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities living in a residential group home, using a token economy in the context of a CM intervention. Using a changing criterion design, participants (N = 4) were given tokens contingent on meeting increasing step goals over 8 weeks, tracked via a Fitbit Flex™. CM increased the number of steps substantially for three of four participants. These findings extended previous research supporting the use of token-based CM interventions for increasing daily steps among individuals with developmental disabilities. Because the current study was conducted in a residential group home setting, it may offer a long-term sustainable approach to improving the health of some individuals living with developmental disabilities.

Keywords: contingency management, developmental disabilities, physical activity, token economy

Article Citation: Nastasi, JA, Sheppard, RD, Raiff, BR. Token-economy-based contingency management increases daily steps in adults with developmental disabilities. Behavioral Interventions. 2020; 35: 315– 324.

**CEUs by Study Notes ABA LLC is an Authorized Continuing Education Provider (ACE) approved by the BACB® to offer continuing education. Upon completion of the requirements of each course the participant will be provided with 1 Learning Type BACB® CEUs**