CPBA-AI Sample Questions


Question 1

What type of reinforcement system did the interventionist use in this teaching procedure?

A) Level
B) Token
C) Time-in
D) Time-out

Question 2

When implementing a progressive approach to shaping, what is important to consider?
A) That the series of steps should follow a linear progression
B) The plan for each step should be outlined prior to implementation
C) The interaction between learner and interventionist behaviors
D) The protocol for how to progress through the shaping steps

Question 3

When using flexible prompt fading, which of the following would NOT be considered in determining whether to prompt the next trial?

A) Whether the client’s response was correct on the previous trial
B) The likelihood of success on the upcoming trial without a prompt
C) The client’s current level of attending
D) A predetermined criterion of three consecutive prompted correct responses

Question 4

When implementing a community-based intervention, what should occur to increase the effectiveness of the intervention?

A) Prompt strangers in the community to initiate conversation with your client to practice social interaction skills
B) Use language and stimuli that the client is likely to encounter in the community environment
C) Alter the intervention plan if it is drawing too much attention from strangers
D) Let people you encounter know that you’re with a person with autism so that they will be more understanding

Question 5

In preparing for a session, an interventionist removes all the chairs from the room for the duration of the session because the client has a history of throwing chairs. The interventionist provided the rationale that the absence of chairs will eliminate throwing chairs and allow them to spend more time focusing on the client’s academic goals.

What is a concern with this approach?

A) There are no concerns as removing the chairs creates more learning opportunities.
B) There are no concerns as removing the chairs creates a safer learning environment for the interventionist.
C) It does not help prepare the client for other possible learning environments.
D) It does not permit a comfortable environment for the client if they wish to sit in a chair.

Question 6

During your session you are implementing discrete trial teaching to target expressive labels and attending. The client is doing well within and across trials. However, you begin to notice a pattern of undesired responding when the client is transitioning away from breaks back to work (e.g., gripping toys and refusing to independently and calmly hand them over, yelling). Based on your assessment of this, you decide a change is necessary.

Which of the following would be the most appropriate change based on this assessment?

A) Target learning-how-to-learn skills related to relinquishing reinforcement.
B) Teach the client how to request “one more minute” when a break is ended.
C) Draft a social story about remaining calm during transitions and read it with the client.
D) Avoid using breaks that the client has had a difficulty transitioning away from.

Question 7

Which of the following is the best rationale for providing support to the client in multiple settings?

A) Improve social validity.
B) Enhance internal validity.
C) Decrease threats to external validity.
D) Help promote generalization.

Question 8

When providing support to a client on a shopping trip, which of the following is NOT a primary consideration:

A) Maintaining confidentiality
B) Training cashiers to respond to your client
C) Unanticipated antecedents for disruptive behaviors
D) Opportunities for skill generalization

Question 9

The interventionist is working on building the vocabulary of a client through a receptive labels program. The client consistently selects the car, which is a highly preferred item, rather than the items that correspond with the instruction, which are non-preferred items, within the field.

Which of the following is the best way to respond?

A) Adjust the items in the field to have similar preference levels.
B) Provide errorless prompts for 3 trials then fade to a less assistive prompt.
C) Counterbalance the position of the items.
D) Condition non-preferred items to be highly preferred items.

Question 10

You are working with a familiar client in a new setting, however the materials available in this setting have not been used in previous sessions. What is the best way to determine which items may be used as reinforcers?

A) Interact with the client using the materials, assessing preference based on client affect and engagement.
B) Present 3 items at a time, rotating the items presented, and determine which item the client selects most frequently.
C) Instruct the client to engage with the materials, then measure the amount of time the client spends with each item.
D) Use the item that looks most similar to the client’s favorite toy.

KEY: 1, A; 2, C; 3, D; 4, B; 5, C; 6, A; 7, D; 8, B; 9, A; 10, A

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