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Behavioral skills assessment

A primary goal of a behavioral skills assessment is to determine whether the lack of occurrence of a specific behavior is due to a skill deficit (e.g., the individual has never emitted the behavior in the past, the behavior is not under appropriate stimulus control) or due to a motivational issue (i.e., the behavior is in the individual’s repertoire, but the current reinforcement contingencies are not setting the occasion for the behavior to occur). In your primary discussion board post this week, describe a behavior that could be targeted for increase either due to a skill deficit or a motivational issue. Propose assessment procedures that could help you determine whether the situation is the former or the latter.