Everyone has bad days. Some
children have more than their share of them and some problem behaviors seem to
go on endlessly.
The people who love them
and care for those with problem behaviors try what they know to solve the
problem, but sometimes that's not enough.
The Functional Behavioral Assessment focuses on how to go about systematically
addressing each of those behaviors that make for routinely bad days and
replace them with behaviors that make for great days! This evaluation is
for those who want to focus on the development of new skills to replace problem
behaviors by solving the causes of the problems and finding solutions. Our
FBAs are conducted in a three-tier approach to performing Functional
What is an FBA? Functional Behavioral
Assessments are a problem-solving process for addressing problem
behaviors. The FBA focuses on identifying the purposes of specific
behavior and to guide and select interventions to directly address the
problem behavior. Functional Behavioral Assessments should be integrated
throughout the process of developing, reviewing, and, if necessary, revising a
behavior plan, both in school and at home.
A Functional Behavioral Assessment
looks beyond the behavior itself. The focus when conducting an FBA is on
identifying significant and specific social, affective, cognitive, and
environmental factors associated with the occurrence (and non-occurrence) of
specific behaviors. This broader perspective offers a better understanding of
the function or purpose behind the behavior. Behavioral intervention
plans based on an understanding of the function of the behavior are extremely
useful in addressing a wide range of problem behaviors. The research
indicates that behavior plans developed as a result of a comprehensive FBA are
50% more likely to be effective than programs developed without going through
an FBA prior to implementing a behavior intervention plan.
FBAs are required under
certain provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
when behavior becomes a factor interfering with access to educational
services for a child with an IEP. There are other circumstances where
an FBA is either required or necessary to adequately serve a child in the
schools. A properly conducted FBA should naturally lead to the
development of a clear and specific Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) that is
driven by an understanding of the function (or purpose) of the behaviors of
concern and that has clear and concrete interventions that are measureable.
Real FBAs lead to more data collection to determine if the conclusions were
accurate or not.
Dr. Robert Montgomery has been
training students, staff, and parents on how to conduct FBAs across the south
for nearly two decades. The staff of Reinforcement Unlimited, LLC
are well trained and experienced in conducting FBAs in school, homes, and
wherever there is a need to more fully understand a behavior problem in order
to improve the adult response to those behaviors. We offer consultation
on FBAs, perform FBAs across settings and behaviors of concern, and routinely
train others in how to conduct an FBA properly and effectively.
We appreciate your visiting our
website. We understand that the process of seeking an evaluation for
your child can be overwhelming and frightening at the same time. We have
been there with our own children and hope that this helps us in being better
equipped to work with you. If you have any questions at all about us,
our practice, whether we are the right fit for you and your family we
encourage you to call and talk to our staff and ourselves. We aren't
always the right fit, and if we are not we will do our best to provide
you with resources that best meet your needs.
Call us at 770-591-9552 to discuss
your child's needs.
handout on what information we need in order to provide you the best
evaluation possible is available to guide you in preparing for the initial