Free Sample Speech-Language Pathology Praxis® Questions
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Your First Free SLP Praxis® Practice Question
One of the behavioral objectives in a client’s initial therapy plan is written as “The client will use easy onsets on 9 of 10 trials by the end of 10 therapy sessions as measured by clinician data collection.” Which of the following elements is missing from this objective?
- A) A criterion
- B) A condition
- C) An action
- D) A time frame
The Answer & Explanation
Did you get it right? The correct answer is: B
This goal provides no information about the conditions under which the client will perform the target behavior of using easy onsets. It should state the important conditions that constitute each trial – for example, whether the client will produce single words, phrases, or sentences on each trial; whether the client will imitate a model or be provided with other cuing; and whether the easy onsets will be practiced with specific sounds.
Incorrect Answer Explanations
- Answer A: The criterion in this goal is 9 out of 10 trials. A criterion is the target level of performance.
- Answer C: The action in this goal is using easy onsets. The action is the behavior the client will perform.
- Answer D: The time frame in this goal is “by the end of 10 therapy sessions.”
It is important to specify the conditions under which a client will perform a target behavior when writing behavioral objectives. Objectives should also include a criterion or target level of performance, an action that the client will perform, and a time frame in which the goal will be reached.
For more information, see:
Roth, F. P., & Worthington, C. K. (2021). The essential ingredients of good therapy: Basic skills. In Treatment resource manual for speech-language pathology (6th ed.). Plural Publishing.
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