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ABC Data Pro Instructions



The primary screen is used to select an existing person or group for observation, or to add a new person or group. Pressing the “+” button allows the creation of a new person or group. Pressing the arrow on the right takes you to existing sessions and allows starting a new observation session.

The sessions screen permits starting a new observation session by pressing the + button in the upper right. You may also view an existing session by pressing the arrow button to the right of a session.

If you pressed the + button on the Sessions screen, it brings you to the Select Config screen. Select the previously created Config you wish to use. If none are appropriate, you may create a new one by pressing the + button in the upper right. Alternatively, pressing the blue arrow button allows you to make a copy of an existing Config and then edit it and save with a new Config name.

Pressing the Edit button in the lower left allows deletion of a Config, as shown on the next screen.


After deleting any unwanted Config items, press the Done button on the lower left.

When you press the ‘+’ button to create a new Config, this screen asks you to choose what mode it will be for.

This is the create Config screen. You may type a short button label or definition. You do not need to assign labels to all buttons - just the ones you will be using. There is no sequence requirement, so if you wished you could assign labels to only to button positions 1,3,7, and 9.

Then, for each button, you may select whether it is for counting (the default setting) or whether you wish the button to record duration.

The icons at the bottom allow switching between setting the title for the Config and labeling and defining the buttons. You may only save (button in upper right) the Config while on the button screen.


Once a Config has been selected, the ‘Session Info’ screen is presented just prior to recording. This screen allows entry of basic information. It is optional and may be skipped if wished.

This is an example of count mode with a Config in which 3 people are observed: a teacher, Sue, and Tom. The ‘on task’ buttons (# 4 and # 7) have been configured as duration type. Note that the ‘Sue on task’ button in this example appears depressed and tinted yellow, indicating it is recording duration. Pressing a second time stops recording duration and returns the button to its neutral display.

This is the primary screen for the ABC (aka FBA) mode. There are 3 associated screens (each with independently programmed set of nine buttons) – Antecedent, Behavior, and Consequence. As with all modes, each button can be configured as count or duration.
Behavior is the ‘home’ screen, and to access the antecedent screen one simply ‘flicks’ the screen right to move it into place, and then ‘flicks’ left to expose the consequences screen (this is the same movement that moves across screens of apps on your iPhone or iTouch). It requires a bit of practice to move between screens with this flicking or swiping motion so as not to inadvertently press a button. Note that there is a built in latency to register a button press to assist in general with inadvertent presses. If you are new to the iPhone or iTouch then a little practice is in order with all the basic functions of screen navigation and button/typing functions, as ABC Data Pro requires a basic level of device proficiency.
This intuitive screen control results in a very simple, fast interface to conduct such complex observations. This mode can be thought of as having 3 side by side screens of 9 buttons that pass under a viewing ‘window’. Note at the bottom of the screen there is a black bar and the screen you are currently on is bold - in this example ‘Behavior’.

This screen illustrates the ‘flicking’ result of transitioning between the behavior and antecedent screens.

This screen illustrates the ‘flicking’ result of transitioning between the behavior and consequence screens.

NOTE: the designation of the ABC screens is arbitrary in the sense one could designate for one’s own use the A screen as one person with 9 behaviors/events, B as another person, etc. One could also simply have a large array of up to 27 behaviors/events organized on the 3 screens as desired.


At the end of an observation session, press the ‘End Session’ button on the top left of the screen. The following choices are presented.

If you chose 'Save Session', this Notes screen will appear and you may enter any free form information you wish. Then press the Save button to complete the process. Note: you do not have to enter notes. You may simply press Save if you do not wish to enter notes.

If you chose ‘Save Session’, this screen is presented. Use this screen to Email the data using the button in the upper right and to scroll through the session data. Session information is saved and divided into sections. The first section is ‘Session Summary’. It presents:
Session title
Observer
Individual/group
Date of session
Start time
Session duration (includes any paused periods)
Observation duration
Setting
Activity
Mode
Config title
Notes

For Count mode, an analysis is presented in the section prior to the raw data. It is in columnar format and list button number, total count of the button, the percent of total counts that the button represents, and the count per minute based upon observation duration.

If you choose save the session, this screen is presented. It utilizes your email account - This must be properly configured and working prior to using ABC Data Pro. You can select the mail recipients and also cc yourself a copy.

If you started to email and have entered someone in the To: field, and then press the cancel button, then this screen will appear. It allows you to save your email as a draft of discard it. Remember though, you may always access a saved session and email it again from within ABC Data Pro. By saving a draft, you could then make notes and comments while editing it in your Mail program.