You will be composing PowerPoint slides and using speaker notes Your PowerPoint slides should contain
bullet points that you then describe and elaborate on in your narration. You should avoid long lengths of text in
your slides. Stick to short sentences and bullet points.
Prepare your presentation in a way that presents a professional image to your clients. Your narration should be
consistent with the culture and characteristics of behavior analysis. The language you use should be
behavioral and you should avoid mentalistic wording and explanations. Relate your understanding of how
behavior analysts perform in the work setting through your slides and tone.
Your PowerPoint must be your original work; plagiarism will not be tolerated. Be sure to review the Syllabus in
terms of what constitutes plagiarism. Please make sure to provide proper credit for those sources used in your case study analysis in proper APA format. Please see the APA Quick Reference for any questions related to
APA citations. You must credit authors when you:
Summarize a concept, theory, or research
Use direct quotes from the text or articles
Case Scenario #1: Jimmy Hates Homework
A family has contacted you, a Behavior Analyst, to help their son Jimmy be more consistent in completing his
homework. His parents are specifically concerned about reading and math. Jimmy’s parents want him to read
for 20 minutes per weeknight and practice multiplication for 10 minutes per weeknight. Jimmy is currently
reading once a week for 20 minutes and practicing multiplication once a week for 10 minutes. He is a typically
developing child with normal intelligence and has the capability to read and complete math at grade level. He
is choosing not to read and practice math and is instead choosing to watch television, play video games, and
chat with friends online. You have decided that a contingency contract is the best plan to change Jimmy’s
behavior. Before you write the contingency contract, though, you need to determine what Jimmy’s preferences
are and what would likely be an effective reinforcer. You will prepare a narrated PowerPoint that covers the
1. Compare two types of preference assessments and identify which would be best to use with Jimmy.
Describe how you will conduct the preference assessment.
2. Explain to the parents what a contingency contract is, summarizing the purpose and justifying its use by
explaining how contingency contracts have successfully been used in research.
3. Develop a contingency contract for Jimmy, including all necessary components:
Define the target behaviors by writing a 1–2 sentence operational definition that meets all of the following
Passes the “Dead Man’s” test and the “stranger” test
Uses no labels or hypothetical constructs
State how the behaviors will be measured.
State when the behaviors will be performed.
Identify the contingency used to change the behavior.
Identify who is responsible for implementing the contingency.
4. Defend why you expect this procedure to be effective. Include a description of the applicable behavior
principles that explain why contingency contracts work.