A functional behavior assessment is generally considered to be a problem-solving process for addressing a child’s problem behavior. It relies on a variety of techniques and strategies to identify the purposes of specific behavior and to help select interventions to directly address the problem behavior.
A functional behavior assessment looks beyond the behavior itself. The focus when conducting a functional behavior assessment is on identifying maintaining variables, pupil-specific, social, affective, cognitive, and/or 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 a child’s problem behavior. Behavioral intervention plans based on an understanding of “why” a child misbehaves are extremely useful in addressing a wide range of problem behaviors.
A functional behavioral assessment will consist of 1-3 evaluation sessions with your child to assess behavior in various situations and maintaining variables.