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)