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Direct Observation – ABC Analysis. Compare and Contrast Indirect Assessment with ABC Assessment Discuss the Elements of the ABC Assessment Discuss the Advantages and Disadvantages of the ABC. FBA Project Rosebud… In your professional life. Goals for Today. ABC Analysis.

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Direct observation abc analysis

Direct Observation – ABC Analysis

Goals for today

Compare and Contrast Indirect Assessment with ABC Assessment

Discuss the Elements of the ABC Assessment

Discuss the Advantages and Disadvantages of the ABC

FBA Project


In your professional life

Goals for Today

Abc analysis

ABC Analysis

  • Allows the teacher to record behaviors as they happen

    • Less possibility for inadvertent bias since problem behaviors are recorded

  • Easy to complete

  • Easy to analyze for patterns

Using an abc analysis

Using an ABC Analysis

Disadvantages to abc

Disadvantages to ABC

  • It gets harder to do correctly the longer you do them

  • Needs to be completed in the moment for the most accuracy

  • Still might reflect the biases of the data collector

Summarizing results

Summarizing Results


  • Avoid explanatory fictions

  • Explain what “MIGHT” be influencing the data

For more information

For More Information

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