It is very common for children on the spectrum to engage in a variety of behaviors that can impede their ability to learn, grow and socialize. Many children require a behavioral assessment to teach functional alternatives that will allow them to better interact with their environment.
When maladaptive behaviors are observed a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) should be completed. A FBA contains several steps including:
- An interview with teachers/aides or parents
- Record reviews
- Directly observing the child
- Identifying and defining behaviors
- Collecting data (frequency, duration and ABC)
- Analyzing data
- Creating a hypothesis to the function of the maladaptive behaviors
- Implementing an individualized behavior intervention plan (BIP)
A common misconception is that a Functional Behavioral Assessment is an intervention, when it is actually a process or tool for understanding the function (purpose) of behavior. The results of a FBA will assist in creating an effective Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP).
First Children staff can deliver the following behavioral assessments to clients:
- Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
- Social Skills
- Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
- Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)