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Using data science to accelerate learning and solve problems - Toronto, ON

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George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology

51 Dockside Dr.

Toronto, ON M5A 0B6


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2-day intensive hands-on workshop

Behavior change is hard. Whether reducing severe problem behavior or growing prosocial or academic behavior, many people struggle to affect change. One of the greatest challenges to all of the previous described goals is having the right data analysis system. Almost all contemporary measurement systems for individual behavior contain features that impede quality data production. The responsibility of data analysis is to get it right (Tufte, 2016).

The 2-day workshop will help participants dig deep into data analysis to answer the tough behavioral questions. Being able to make the right decision at the right time will lead to rapid growth of acceleration behavior and quick reduction of challenging behavior.

Workshop participants who have learned to apply the precision measurement framework in practice have produced:

  • 10x changes in their targeted pinpoints
  • A dramatic drop in interpretive errors
  • A concomitant rise in effective decision making

Transformed speech-language pathology sessions with data science.

The two day workshop will provide participants with the skill to pinpoint individual targets, produce intensive, precision quantitative data, and then assess and evaluate visual evidence.

Workshop participants who have learned to apply the precision measurement framework in practice have produced 10x changes in their targeted pinpoints. Attendees have also indicated a dramatic drop in interpretive errors and a concomitant rise in effective decision making.

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Who is this workshop for

This workshop is geared towards education and therapeutic professionals who care about accelerating outcomes with their students and clients through applied data science. Attendees should champion the natural science of behavior and be dedicated to finding and appling the best tools and methods that science provides. We provide specific content for the following groups:

  • Applied Behavior Analysts - BCBAs, BCaBAs, RBTs

  • Speech and Language Pathologists - SLPS

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Special Education Teachers

  • General Education Teachers

  • Psychologists

Our team is writing much better IEP goals.

What you will learn

How to pinpoint authentic change targets.

  • The dead man test shows how to select active, actionable targets instead of inactive, or vague targets.

  • Movement cycles help every person on the educational team detect, count, and measure pinpoints. Participants will transform vague targets (e.g., aggression, tantrums, participation) into precise pinpoints.

  • Adding context to movement cycles promotes clarity, countability, and transparency in all written documents and working forms.

  • Learning channels arrange sensory inputs and physical outputs on a grid called the learning channel matrix. Participants will use the matrix and see how it facilitates planning, enhances communication, increases problem solving, and adds diversity to instructional and therapeutic activities.

Measuring pinpoints with the most accurate, informative metrics.

  • Precision information in the form of frequency or rate provides the most sensitive, comparable, and representative data.

  • Capturing a pinpoint in frequency and other units of measurement serves as a standard, universal data that the entire educational team can quickly understand and use for interpreting significant changes in pinpointed targets.

  • The better one can measure a target, the better one can understand a phenomena of interest. Participants will learn measures that can mislead and obscure data analysis.

Visually displaying data with a standard, powerful time-series graphic.

  • Data analysis means one can turn information into a conclusion. A standard ratio chart allows all team members to quickly spot important trends and react 10x more quickly than with nonstandard linear graphs.

  • A strong visual display (the Standard Celeration Chart) promotes analytical thinking by facilitating the assessment and evaluation of charted information and conclusions. Participants will learn how to enter, read, and interpret data on standard graphs and engage in analytical reasoning.

  • Participants will learn how to overcome data transparency challenges. Practice activities will involve applying data from authentic clinical, school-based, and home environments and recognizing the benefits to all educational team members.

  • A digital standard chart of human behavior (the Standard Celeration Chart) displays data in a uniform and easily comprehensible manner. All participants will learn how to interpret, report, and communicate critical change metrics (e.g., trend, variability, level) for their client, student, or child.

All of the previous topics involve not only the presentation of information, but participants practicing and applying each topic to clinical, school-based, and home settings. Examples and activities also come from relevant sources such as IEPs, behavior change programs, SLP and OT examples, and parent selected behaviors.

Objectives for the workshop

  • State how pinpointing is used to make daily instruction/practice targets.

  • Compare interval recording and frequency data and state how frequency adds more precision and accuracy for observing behavior.

  • Count behaviors and calculate frequencies.

  • Identify limitations of nonstandard linear graphs for analyzing time-series data.

  • Chart behavioral data on a Standard Celeration Chart and identify the celeration value.

  • State variability values on the Standard Celeration Chart and select meaningful variability changes.

  • Develop a celeration-based analysis of problem behavior.

  • Discuss applications of Standard Celeration Charting for common acceleration and deceleration targets.

  • Identify how to manage replacement and prosocial behaviors in a structured manner.

  • Describe data challenges in clinical, school-based, or home environments and apply a precision measurement plan to fix the difficulties.

All OT's need to attend this workshop.

Keynote Speakers Include:

Keynote Speakers

Continuing Education Units & Hours

12 BACB Type 2 continuing education units (CEUs)

Other Professional Development and Continuing Education Hours may be provided. Please inquire via email at

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Shining Through Centre

Shining Through Centre

250 Beecroft Road

Toronto, Ontario M2N 6W3


George Brown College Waterfront Campus

George Brown College Waterfront Campus

51 Dockside Dr,

Toronto, ON, M5A 0B6



Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis

330 Bay St. Suite 820

Toronto, ON

M5H 2S8




200 Innovation Blvd. Suite 236

State College, Pennsylvania 16803

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