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  • Abstract: In this chapter, the differing perspectives of the functional assessment process will be summarized. Additional examples and blank templates will be shared to help broaden the reader’s approach to functional assessment.

     

    Focus Questions:

     

    • What templates and resources are available to use when attempting to replicate this skill based approach to learning functional assessment?

    The authors of Instruction in Functional Assessment hope that this text will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to perform functional assessment. One of the unique features of this book is the integration of both psychological and educational perspectives embedded into the content and skills of FA. Such an endeavor can be challenging as the two fields utilize different vocabularies and often alternative perspectives in viewing and intervening with students with challenging behaviors. The following Table may help illustrate the vocabulary differences among professionals in psychology and those with educational backgrounds.

     General Description
     Behavior is often defined as the way in which one behaves or acts with others. This can be an action or a reaction. Behavior is also a method of controlling yourself, your actions, and your responses.
    Descriptive Words Used in Psychology  Descriptive Words Used in Education
    Antecedents and consequences of behavior, negative reinforcement, positive reinforcement, conditions, clinical settings, clients  Attention seeking, conduct, demeanor, deportment, acting out, learning environment, reacting
    For the purposes of this book, we have chosen to take an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach. We view challenging behaviors as the focus of professionals’ analysis and intervention. Clients or students are not problems, but rather coping as best as possible in their environment. Most often these challenging behaviors serve a communication function. These individuals need interdisciplinary professionals who assist them and their families to effectively learn new desirable behavior. This blended, interdisciplinary approach is person centered and proactively supports the family and the child using effective functional assessment processes and approaches.

    The following materials may be helpful either as secondary sources of information for teaching FA, or as performance-based resources that go further in depth in developing students’ FA knowledge and skills.

     

    Blank Templates

    Functions of Behavior Template

     

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    List some examples of challenging behaviors that serve the function indicated in the cells below.

      To Avoid/Escape To Obtain
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    Adapted from Umbreit, J., Ferro, J., Liaupsin, C. J., & Lane, K. L. (2007). Functional behavioral assessment and function-based intervention: An effective, practical approach. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Press. Figure 5.3, page 84.

    Functionally-equivalent replacement behaviors To Avoid/Escape To Obtain
     Sensory/automatic    
     Social    
     Tangibles    

     

    Practicing Observation Systems Template

     

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    Frequency: Count the number of times the target behavior occurs during a pre-determined amount of time (i.e. in a 1 min period of time, the student lifted his eyes from the paper and looked out the window 3 times).

    Target Behavior:

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    Start Time:

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    End Time:

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Frequency Count:

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Duration Recording: This is the amount of time the target behavior lasts from beginning to end of behavior (i.e., the amount of time a tantrum lasts without interference). This recording is done over a longer period of time (i.e., during all of reading time or over one study period repeating the recording every time the target behavior occurs).

    Target Behavior:

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    Start Time:

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    End Time:

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Total Duration:

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Latency Recording: This is the amount of time before a target behavior starts after a cue or prompt to begin is given (i.e., the teacher says “Begin”) and the amount of time before a student actually starts working. This recording is done over a longer period of time (i.e., during all of reading time or over one study period), repeating the recording every time the target behavior occurs.

    Target Behavior:

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    Start Time:

    __________________________________________________________________________

    End Time:

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Total Latency:

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Interval Recording: These are preset intervals of time (i.e., 1 min intervals for 15 min). Within each interval, a mark (x) occurs if the behavior happens at any time in the interval.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Target Behavior:

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    Start Time:

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    End Time:

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    Developed by M. Fallon (2010) for use in EDI 413, Introduction to Special Education, College at Brockport, State University of New York.

     

    Practice Activity for Written FA Skills

     

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    Directions: Complete the following based on an initial observation of a child and his/her behavior in a learning environment.

    Current Target Behavior: Johnny will increase by 50% his ability to write in his journal for 10 min each day.

    What do you need to know?

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    What recording system would be best?

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    Write another sample Target Behavior here:

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    Current Target Behavior: Suzi will initiate her on topic and spontaneous language in a small or large group setting to a minimum of 3 times per 30-min period.

    What do you need to know?

    __________________________________________________________________________

    What recording system would be best?

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    Write another sample Target Behavior here:

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    Developed by M. Fallon (2010) for use in EDI 413, Introduction to Special Education, College at Brockport, State University of New York.

     

    Interval / Time Sampling Sheet

     

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    Name: _____________________________________

    Date: ______________________________________

    Observer: __________________________________

    Setting: ____________________________________

    Time Started: ________________________________

    Time Ended: ________________________________

    Interval Length: _____________________________

     

    Behavior / Interval 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
    1. Target Behaviors 2. Occurrences 3. No. of Intervals Recorded 4. Percentage Occurrence

     

    (e.g., 2/3 X 100 = 67%)

    A. A. A. A.
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    Event Recording Sheet

     

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    Name: _____________________________________

    Date(s): ____________________________________

    Observer: __________________________________

    Setting: ____________________________________

    Time Started: ________________________________

    Time Ended: ________________________________

    Target Behavior: _____________________________

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    Latency Recording Sheet

     

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    Name: _____________________________________

    Date(s): ____________________________________

    Observer: __________________________________

    Setting: ____________________________________

    Time Started: ________________________________

    Time Ended: ________________________________

    Target Behavior: _____________________________

    Date / Time Interval Delivery of SD Response Initiation Latency
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

           
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

           

     

    Duration Recording Sheet

     

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    Name: _____________________________________

    Date(s): ____________________________________

    Observer: __________________________________

    Setting: ____________________________________

    Time Started: ________________________________

    Time Ended: ________________________________

    Target Behavior: _____________________________

    Date / Time Interval Time Started Time Ended Duration
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

     

    Behavior Intervention Plan Data Sheet

     

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    Client: _____________________________________

    Therapist: __________________________________

    Date: ______________________________________

    Background Information and History (e.g., age, diagnosis, previous treatment, etc.):

    __________________________________________________________________________

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    Behavior defined:

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    Type of assessment conducted and summary of results:

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    Functional hypothesis identified:

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    Intervention:

    • Antecedent-based intervention: ___________________________________________
    • Function-based replacement behavior: _____________________________________
    • Function-based reinforcement: ___________________________________________
    • Function-based treatment: _______________________________________________
    • Reactive procedures: ____________________________________________________
    • Rationale and justification for the intervention components selected:

    __________________________________________________________________________

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    Notes:

     

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    Performance Feedback Training Data Sheet

     

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    Trainer: ____________________________________

    Client: _____________________________________

    Situation: ___________________________________

    Date: ______________________________________

    Skill being taught: ____________________________

    Description of Skill: ___________________________

    Model: ____________________________________

    Training criteria: ____________________________

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    Functional Assessment Training Materials

     

    Cipani, E., & Schock, K. M. (2011). Functional behavioral assessment, diagnosis, and treatment: A complete system for education and mental health settings (2nd ed.). New York, NY US: Springer Publishing Co.

    Ditrano, C., & National Professional Resources, Inc. (2010). FBA and BIP: Functional Behavioral Assessment & Behavior Intervention Plan. Port Chester, NY: National Professional Resources, Inc.

    Filter, K. J., & Alvarez, M. (2012). Functional behavioral assessment: A three-tiered prevention model. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

    Glasberg, B. A. (2006). Functional behavior assessment for people with autism: Making sense of seemingly senseless behavior. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House.

    Iwata, B. A., Wallace, M. D., Kahng, S., Lindberg, J. S., Roscoe, E. M., Conners, J., Hanley, G. P., Thompson, R. H., & Worsdell, A. S. (2000). Skill acquisition in the implementation of functional analysis methodology. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 33, 181-194.

    O’Neill, R. E., Albin, R. W., Storey, K., & Horner, R. H. (2015). Functional assessment and program development (3rd Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

    Repp, A. C., & Horner, R. H. (1999). Functional analysis of problem behavior: From effective assessment to effective support. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co.

    Steege, M. W., Watson, T. S., & Watson, T. S. (2009). Conducting school-based functional behavioral assessments: A practitioner’s guide. New York: Guilford Press.

    Witt, J. C., & Beck, R. (1999). One-minute academic functional assessment and interventions: “can’t” do it— or “won’t” do it? Longmont, CO: Sopris West.

     

    Content Sources

    Applied Behavior Analysis Textbooks:

     

    Alberto, P. A., & Troutman, A. C. (2013). Applied behavior analysis for teachers. Boston: Pearson.

    Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. I. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis (2nd Ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Columbus, Ohio.

    Fisher, W. W., Piazza, C. C., & Roane, H. S. (2013). Handbook of applied behavior analysis. S.l.: Guilford.

    Kazdin, A. E. (2013). Behavior modification in applied settings. Long Grave, Ill: Waveland Press.

    Madden, G. J., Dube, W. V., & American Psychological Association. (2013). APA handbook of behavior analysis. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Martin, G., & Pear, J. (2011). Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it (9th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

    Matson, J. L. (2012). Functional assessment for challenging behaviors. New York, NY: Springer.

    Mayer, G. R., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., & Wallace, M. (2012). Behavior analysis for lasting change. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Pub.

    Miltenberger, R. G. (2012). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

    Sarafino, E. P. (2012). Applied behavior analysis: Principles and procedures for modifying behavior. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

    Sturmey, P. (2007). Functional analysis in clinical treatment. Amsterdam: Academic Press.

    Vargas, J. S. (2013). Behavior analysis for effective teaching. New York: Routledge.

     

    BACB© task list

     

    http://www.bacb.com/index.php

     

    Research and Reviews of Research

     

    Bloom, S. E., Iwata, B. A., Fritz, J. N., Roscoe, E. M.,& Carreau, A. B. (2011). Classroom application of a trial-based functional analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 19-31.

    Hanley, G. P., Iwata, B. A., & McCord, B. E. (2003). Functional analysis of problem behavior: A review. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36, 147-185.

     

    Multi-Media Formats to Teach Functional Assessment

    DVD/Computer Software

     

    Functional behavioral assessment: An interactive training module (Liaupsin et al., 2006)

    Behavior Intervention Planning (Scott et al.,2001)

    Functional analysis: A guide for understanding challenging behavior (Balan, Worsdell;, & Cuvo, 2005—review by Carr & Fox, 2009)

    Simulations in Developmental Disabilities (Desrochers, 2004)

     

    Examples of Possible Research Articles for FACT

     

    Ing, A. D., Roane, H. S., & Veenstra, R. A. (2011). Functional analysis and treatment of coprophagia. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 151-155.

    Ishuin, T. (2010). Linking brief functional analysis to intervention design in general education settings. The Behavior Analyst Today, 10, 47-53.

    Najdowski, A. C., Wallace, M. D., Penrod, B., Tarbox, J., Reagon, K., & Higbee, T. S. (2008). Caregiver-conducted experimental functional analyses of inappropriate mealtime behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 41, 459-465.

    The authors of this textbook have based Instruction in Functional Assessment on current and seminal research literature. We have made every effort to reference materials to the originators of the primary research. In some cases, we have extended and adapted the research information to be more student-friendly. This means that the audience of college students and pre-professionals may more easily understand how to implement the research into the process of FA and the practice of FA performance skills. It has been our intent throughout the textbook to uphold all aspects of copyright in an ethical and legal manner.