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Functional Behavioral Assessment

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- Describe how teachers collect data in order to determine the functions of a behavior.
- Analyze the importance of collecting and reviewing data before implementing specific interventions to address challenging behavior.
- Discuss how these behaviours might be modified or replaced. Propose possible functions for each of these common targeted behaviors

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For some children, the interventions that teachers try are not effective, as you might know. When the first intervention fails, they go to second intervention efforts (Sagai & Horner, 2012, Walker, Ramsey & Gresham, 2004). Some children may even require a tertiary (or third trial) intervention. An important factor is to consider how inappropriate the behavior is. An important consideration is how frequently the behavior takes place, how many times a day, and whether it appears at specific times (Kaiser & Rasminsky, 2012).

It is recommended that teachers assemble a simple chart to figure out the above mentioned considerations. They are advised to pick one or two of the most troubling behaviors, put a mark in the appropriate spot each time you see the behavior. I would recommend using a checklist of some kind: Student's name, date, time observed, behavior. You may have add a column for antecedents or what circumstances triggered the behavior (Kaiser & Rasminsky, 2012). They also recommend noting any adults who witnessed the behavior. A second way of examining the data is an anecdotal record, which must be worded as objectively as possible.

There are three functions of inappropriate behavior. They are: a) in order to get something such as attention or access to an object; b) to avoid or escape from something: for example, work that they do not want to do, and c) to change the level of stimulation. When there is too much or too little, they do what they can to change the stimulation.

Collecting and Reviewing data before an intervention:
In order to understand the function of the behavior as an educator, you have to review the ...

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The expert describes how teachers collect data in order to determine the functions of a behavior. The importance of collecting and reviewing data before implementing specific interventions to address challenging behavior are determined.

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