Context matters. A lot.
If you have a child with autism, you probably know this all too well. It's one thing to be "managing a behavioural event" in the familiar confines of your own home; it's quite another if you're, say, out grocery shopping or at a restaurant. (We've all been there.)
It turns out that detailed context information is also really useful to the BCBA overseeing your ABA program. The familiar A-B-C (Antecedent - Behaviour - Consequence) data is a useful model but all too often it doesn't tell the whole story. An observation frequency chart tells you whether a specific behaviour is on the rise or decline but often more information is needed to provide a timely course correction.
For example, let's say your team has just implemented a new extinction protocol for a stubborn behaviour that normally occurs when you're getting ready to go outside. If the behaviour frequency doesn't start to decline, your BCBA may assume that the protocol is not working. But hidden from view may be critical information, for example that the protocol is helpful for that context - getting ready to go out - but now it's showing up in different places. Well that changes things! If only context data was available to the BCBA at a glance ...
Context can already be added to behaviour observations in ABAKiS if you're adding observations from the Behaviour Plan view (it's an optional field). You can either enter this data freeform or select from the list of Learning Modules / STOs if the behaviour occurred while working on one of those during a session.
You may have noticed that we've recently updated the Hotlist feature as well to incorporate Context. If you tap on the hotlist while working within a Learning Module, any observations you enter there will automatically set the Context to the current Learning Module. This provides valuable data to the BCBA without any extra steps for you, so you can keep your attention where it needs to be.
Of course you can still go to the Session Data and change it later. In fact it's good practice regardless to always review your data for correctness at the end of the session, when you're entering your Session Notes.
We are constantly adding new features like this to make ABAKiS easier to use and to make your ABA program more effective and simpler to manage. Most of these features come directly from feedback we receive from ABAKiS users. So send us your feature ideas! You are, after all, who we're building this for.