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CHAPTER 5 : Understanding Functional Behavior Assessment. Behavior Management: Principles and Practices of Positive Behavior Supports Third Edition John J. Wheeler David D. Richey. Objectives. Describe the importance of functional behavior assessment (FBA)

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chapter 5 understanding functional behavior assessment

CHAPTER 5:Understanding Functional Behavior Assessment

Behavior Management:

Principles and Practices of Positive Behavior Supports

Third Edition

John J. Wheeler

David D. Richey

  • Describe the importance of functional behavior assessment (FBA)
  • List and discuss assumptions concerning challenging behavior
  • List and discuss the components of the FBA
  • List and describe recommended approaches for the development of a Behavior Support Plan (BSP)
functional behavior assessment
Functional Behavior Assessment
  • FBA has been a widely accepted practice used to assess and better understand challenging behavior in schools since the 1997 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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Functional Behavior Assessment continued…
  • The Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is the starting point for the development of the Behavior Support Plan (BSP) in that it:
    • Provides useful and reliable information as to the cause(s), function(s) and maintaining variables associated with challenging forms of behavior
fba and the law
FBA and the Law
  • The use of functional behavior assessment and positive behavior supports was reaffirmed in the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
assumptions concerning challenging behavior
Assumptions Concerning Challenging Behavior
  • PBS views all behavior as purposeful
  • Challenging behavior occurs as a result of skill deficits that are incongruent with environmental demands and or as a result of performance problems
  • Multiple factors influence challenging behavior
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Assumptions Concerning Challenging Behavior
  • PBS and the use of the FBA provides a solution-based alternative to understanding and proactively addressing challenging behaviors
  • Reactive approaches that place blame on the learner and or family are not only unprofessional but provide little in terms of offering a solution
components of the fba
Components of the FBA
  • Combines direct and indirect forms of assessment
      • Operationally define the target behavior
      • Use of a structured interview with teachers, parents and caregivers
      • And/or student-assisted interview aimed at identifying the student’s likes and dislikes relative to school and course content
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Components of the FBA continued…
  • Further sources of information relative to the target behavior include:
      • Review of student records
      • Behavioral Rating Scales
      • Behavioral Observations
        • A-B-C Recording
        • Frequency or Event Recording
        • Scatter-plot analysis
        • Interval Recording
interval recording
Interval Recording
  • Interval recording includes the use of:
      • Whole Interval Recording-The behavior must occur throughout the entire interval
      • Partial Interval Recording-The behavior occurs only a portion of the interval
      • Momentary Time Sampling-The behavior is observed and at the precise moment the observer notes the occurrence or nonoccurrence of the behavior
summary of the fba process
Summary of the FBA Process
  • The behavior of concern is identified
      • Operationally defined
      • Data collected relative to the behavior
        • Structured interviews
        • Review of student records
        • Scatter-plot analysis
        • Behavioral observations
        • Data collected and analyzed
        • Function(s) of the behavior determined
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Summary of the FBA Process continued…
  • Antecedent and consequence variables associated with the target behavior identified
  • Hypotheses as to cause/effect of the behavior are developed
  • Function-based interventions are designed
  • Behavior Support Plan developed
functional analysis
Functional Analysis
  • A functional analysis is often done when the function of the behavior cannot be determined through the FBA
  • Evolved from the early work of Skinner;
  • Includes analogue assessments, naturalistic assessments, and interviews
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Functional Analysis continued…
  • Its unique feature is that it attempts to explain (a) function of the behavior, (b) hypotheses re the behavior (b) alter environments, (c) identify alternative responses (replacement behaviors)
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Functional Analysis continued…
  • Powerful tool in identifying the function(s) associated with challenging behavior.
  • Has traditionally been conducted through analog assessment (simulations). This in of itself is a potential limitation in terms of the utility of functional analysis in applied settings such as schools
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Functional Analysis continued…
  • Typically attention, escape, sensory stimulation, access to tangibles and play are the conditions associated with a functional analysis
developing the behavior support plan bsp
Developing the Behavior Support Plan (BSP)
  • Typically the strategies used in developing the BSP include:
      • Modifying setting events and antecedents
      • Teaching replacement behaviors that serve the same function
      • Modifying consequences using such methods as differential reinforcement in an effort to build the efficiency of the replacement behavior