FBA is an approach that incorporates a variety of techniques and strategies to diagnose the causes and to identify likely interventions intended to address problem behaviors. In other words, functonal behavioral assessment looks beyond the overt topography of the behavior, and focuses, instead, upon identifying biological, social, affective, and environmental factors that initiate, sustain, or end the behavior in question. This approach is important because it leads the observer beyond the "symptom" (the behavior) to the student's underlying motivation to escape, "avoid", or "get" something (which is, to the functional anaylyst, the root of all behavior). Research and experience has demonstrated that behavior intervention plans stemming from the knowledge of why a student misbehaves (i.e. based on a functional behavioral assessment) are extremely useful in addressing a wide range of problems.
By incorporating functional behavioral assessment into the Behavior Intervention Plan, the team can gain the information needed to develop a plan or include strategies, and team members can develop a plan that teaches and support replacement behaviors, which serve the same function as the problem behavior.
Learning Objectives: *Teachers will participate in a collaborative work session to understand the process and practice developing an FBA. *Teachers will then use the FBA information to form a plan of intervention to replace the problem behavior. *Teachers will explore options for data collection to drive interventions.