Using a Checklist to Increase Objective Session Note Writing: Preliminary Results

  • Odessa LunaEmail author
  • John T. Rapp
Brief Practice


We evaluated the extent to which a checklist increased objective note writing following simulated teaching sessions for 17 special education staff members. In general, participants improved in their description of the reinforcer earned by the child and of prompts delivered by the teacher during a session. Nevertheless, participants’ correct reporting of problem behavior decreased following the training.


Checklist Objective writing Registered Behavior Technician Session note Staff training 



We would like to thank Jessica Palmier and Rachel Arena for volunteering to be the child and teacher during this study and Ashley Bates and Lorenzo Webster for their session note coding. We would also like to thank both reviewers for their extensive feedback on the data representation.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This manuscript is not under review nor has it been published elsewhere. This submission has been approved by all authors and by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

The participants provided informed consent before the authors initiated the study.


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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