Classroom-Based Functional Assessment. Utah State University Effective Practices Conference 2009 Tyra Sellers, BCBA. A Question For You…. Why is it important to identify the function of a behavior problem?. Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). What is it? When is it required?
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Utah State University
Effective Practices Conference 2009
Tyra Sellers, BCBA
Why is it important to identify the function of a behavior problem?
Gain Access –attention, tangible
Escape –demands (social/work), environmental conditions
Automatic –internal states/sensations
All behavior is a function of its consequences.
Asked to stop prf’d = 25
Denied rqst = 20
Asked to do = 2
One-on-One = 0
Group = 0
When analyzing, remember:
What other info would help?
Did this help confirm/refine hypothesis?
Sammy is a preschooler with autism. He receives direct 1:1 instruction for most of his day, but participates in circle time with his other 12 classmates. Staff report that group time is not preferred for Sammy. ABC/DA data indicated that Sammy frequently hit the nearest peer on the head or shoulders during circle time. The teacher implemented an intervention plan where the aggression is physically blocked by an aide seated near him. The aide then pulls Sammy’s chair 5-10 feet back from the group, next to the aide, and sits quietly for 30 seconds. Instances of hitting experienced a slight, but steady increase following intervention that maintained for 2 weeks.
-Attention -Play (control)
Neutral, limit attention
Keep demands in place
Intermittent praise for appropriate behavior
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