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506 Final Project: Case Study
For your final project,
A. You will write a 6-8 page case study paper that describes a hypothetical person in two stages of life development.
B. View the person as a hypothetical client in your Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)field
The goal of this paper is for you to present a developmental profile of a person in two consecutive stages of life (e.g., early and middle childhood) explaining their individual growth using biological, social, psychosocial, cognitive, and environmental theories.
C. Select developmental periods that interest you and that correspond to your future career plans. For example, you might select adolescence and early adulthood. Customize your project to your specific interests.
D. To begin, select the scenario that corresponds to your concentration track, and then, choose two successive developmental stages.
E. Create an outline of the client’s different developmental features during each of the developmental periods.
Write a paper that follows the sample case study format (see below the scenarios).
I. You must use at least five primary source references that are from peer-reviewed journals and the class text.
II. Applied Behavioral Analysis
III. Client: Jackson
IV. Age range: you decide- example early adulthood (20-40 yrs.) to middle adulthood (40-60 yrs.). Jackson has developed phobias over the last few years, specifically to spiders, heights, and germs. He (or his parents if you make him a child) is uncertain as to when they began or how. However, the fear is debilitating and prevents him from being able to function in his life.
V. Questions to use to guide your response:
a. What are the main features of Jackson’s cognitive, social, biological, and psychosocial development during two developmental periods? Explain the ones that are relevant to your proposed therapy interventions.
b. Which therapeutic interventions would you suggest for helping him to reduce the fear? (Hint: Again, consider his developmental period in order to create appropriate interventions.)
c. Predict some developmental issues that might contribute to the phobias o
d. prevent treatment from working. Writing Case Studies
i. Introduction: Describe the problems to be solved including specific information about the client/participant. Be clear in explaining the exact problem(s) or research question(s) so that your reader will be able to understand the rest of the case study.
ii. Background : In this section, describe in detail the specific developmental issues and pertinent background that would help to explain why the client/participant is experiencing problems in the present. Typically, this section includes the age the problem started and any specific information from the past that relates to the current problems (e.g., child of an alcoholic)
iii. Current State: In this section, explain the client/participant’s strategies for handling the problem(s). Explain the client/participant’s current developmental stages, making sure that you only focus on those that apply to the problem. For example, if your client is being treated for a cognitive problem, you wouldn’t explain his or her social development in great detail, unless it is relevant to the problem.
iv. Suggested Interventions: In this section, explain how the client/participant might benefit from specific treatments or interventions. Remember to use peer reviewed research to support your ideas.
v. Conclusion: Provide a brief re-statement of the problem and ideas for future study to help others who have the same problems.

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