The intriguing Condition Change Line

11/17/2014
 

Effectively monitoring behavior means always understanding the current condition in effect. A condition refers to the presence or absence of an intervention during a certain phase or period of time. For example, a performer receiving no intervention has data appearing in a condition called “baseline.” 

When someone institutes an intervention, a condition change line shows the intervention along with the name of the intervention. A performer, for instance, may receive a reward after meeting her daily frequency aim (goal) each day. Her new condition has a name called “Daily reward.” A condition change line visually signals the advent of a new condition.

A chart reader analyzes the effect of an intervention by inspecting the data appearing after the condition change line. Chartlytics shows a condition change line with a red line ending with a small 90 degree line to the right (and the name of the condition).

How to add a condition change line

First, (1) click on the performers link and then (2) select the specific performer for whom you would like to enter an intervention or annotation.

Click on the tab for Conditions (3). You will see a green box (called a button) with the words “Add Condition.” Click on the Add Condition button (3).

Next you will see a Worksheet for the specific Performer. In the Worksheet all of the pinpoints for Performer will appear.

After clicking on the Add Condition button you will arrive on a page that allows you to add a condition.

In the box “Title (Short, to be rendered on the chart)” write a short title labeling the intervention or annotation (4). Under the “Description” you can enter a longer, more detailed description of the intervention or annotation (5).

Choose (6) an annotation or intervention. An annotation captures comments, explanations, or observations that may enlighten the chart reader as to what happened with a certain data point or set of data points. As an example, a new staff person might work with the performer and an annotation would clue in the chart reader that something different took place (potentially important but perhaps not). An annotation will appear as a dotted line and will not affect change measures (e.g., celeration, bounce, A.I.M.) for the condition.

An intervention means significantly altering the course of events for the Performer. An intervention could include a change to materials, practice procedures, or perhaps a medical intervention (medication change like ADHD meds). The Performer, Manager, Advisor, and Supervisor can determine the differences between intervention and annotation.

Interventions do affect change measures (e.g., celeration, bounce, A.I.M.). Once an intervention occurs on the chart, all of the change measures (e.g., celeration, bounce, A.I.M.) for the previous condition will stop and a new set of change measures will appear for the new condition. 

Condition change lines also allow chart readers to determine the effects of changes from one condition to the next with FrequencyMultipliers, Celeration Multipliers, Bounce Change, and A.I.M. Change.

After choosing whether to institute a condition change or an annotation, (7) select the pinpoint for said annotation or intervention. Also, choosing the date (8) for the intervention or annotation will specify exactly where the information will appear on the chart.

Successfully completing the previously described steps will bring you to a page showing all of the information. Any of the information can undergo revision by selecting the Edit button.

To view intervention or annotation, (9) click on the tab “Charts.”

The intervention line shows up in between the day the intervention began and the previous day. Annotations appear on the exact day.

Information entered and shared on the chart enhances communication and increases the probability of discovering critical variables for success.


Chart on friends!

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