Today, we’re discussing behavior, more specifically, how to develop a functional behavior plan (FBA) and assessment. While behaviors often seem random, there’s always a reason behind them. A good FBA helps you figure out what those reasons are so you can replace undesired behavior with new skills. Many times, a behavior is learned because at some point, a child realized they can use it to get what they want. It’s never because they want to misbehave on purpose.
Before you get started with an FBA, it’s important to determine the behavior and consider its nature. Sometimes there are medical reasons or changes in habits that are the cause. When defining behavior, be specific as possible. Measuring the behavior uncovers more information for you to work with and gives you a good baseline before intervening. Once you determine the function, you can then move towards developing a plan of action.
- Why behavior isn’t random and how to uncover the reasons.
- What to assess before creating an FBA.
- The 5 steps to creating a successful FBA.