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The Teacher's Concise Guide to Functional Behavioral Assessment
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The Teacher's Concise Guide to Functional Behavioral Assessment

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© 2009 | 136 pages | Corwin

"Offers great suggestions on how to read and interpret important information for children with behavioral issues."
—Ramona Marquez, Director of Special Education
Hatch Valley Public Schools, Hatch, NM

Because every behavior has a reason behind it…

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a highly effective, student-centered approach to improving challenging behavior. The method helps educators figure out why students act the way they do and then make the appropriate environmental or instructional adjustments.

Ideal for general and special educators new to FBAs, this concise, accessible guidebook offers a practical overview of how to use classroom and behavioral assessment data to make the learning environment enjoyable for all—including the teacher. Readers will learn how to:

  • Identify and understand the underlying factors of challenging behavior
  • Observe, collect, and analyze classroom data
  • Adopt evidence-based intervention strategies to correct problem behavior
  • Prepare a proactive plan for serious disruptions

Blending light-hearted humor with personal experiences and case studies, the author provides concrete methods for positive, effective behavioral intervention.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Why FBA?
 
2. Conjunction Junction, What's the Behavior's Function?
 
3. Getting Started Through the Back Door: Indirect Assessment
 
4. Descriptive Analysis
 
5. Functional Analysis
 
6. Multiple Functions
 
7. When to Use What
 
8. Summarizing and Reporting the Data
 
9. FBA Within an RTI Framework
 
10. A Beginner's Look at Function-Based Support Planning
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix A: Sample Behaviorial Assessment Interview--Student
 
Appendix B: Sample Behavior Assessment Summary
 
Appendix C: Functional Behavioral Assessment Narrative Report
 
Appendix D: Sample Collaborative Team Activity Guide
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“A concise presentation of a challenging topic area in an easy-to-read format for teachers.”

John M. Hintze, Professor of School Psychology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Offers great suggestions on how to read and interpret important information for children with behavioral issues.”

Ramona Marquez, Director of Special Education
Hatch Valley Public Schools, Hatch, NM

“The information will be helpful to all educators and administrators as they become more responsible for completing FBA and creating BIPs.”

Mari Gates, Teacher
Henry B. Burkland School, Middleboro, MA

"Waller has once again done an excellent job of making applied behavior analysis principles and procedures easily understandable and applicable for special educators.”

Cindy Dobbins, Behavior Specialist
Pickens County School District, Jasper, GA

Sample Materials & Chapters

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