Developing Behavioral Fluency with Movement Cycles Using SAFMEDS

Richard M. Kubina, Kirsten K.L. Yurich, Krina C. Durica, Nora M. Healy

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The Precision Teaching term “movement cycle” refers to a behavior with a clearly observable movement and a distinct beginning and end. The present experiment examined whether behavior analysts and special education teachers could become fluent identifying movement cycles. A frequency-building intervention called SAFMEDS, an acronym for Say All Fast Minute Every Day Shuffled, required participants to see a picture of behavior on a laminated card and say the movement cycle. A multiple baseline multiple probe design with two groups of four participants revealed the effects of the intervention. Results showed a replication of effects with each group using equivalent SAFMEDS decks. The SAFMEDS intervention produced behavioral fluency and also fostered strong maintenance effects for a majority of the participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-141
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Behavioral Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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