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Read only the first five pages in the Herzinger & Campbell (2007) article: Comparing Functional Assessment Methodologies: A Quantitative Synthesis. This article provides concise information on the similarities and differences between different types of functional assessment methodologies. Using the information presented in the first five pages of this article, discuss the different types of functional assessment methodologies.

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As you create your own learning journal to compare and contrast the different types of functional assessment methodologies, you might first cover Functional Behavioral Assessments. The Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a basic, foundational type. They aim to document a behavior's purpose or function. They also examine both the behavioral antecedents and consequences and try to reduce any maladaptive behaviors. This type is ...

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1. Take a look at the following article from the Kaplan Library where a functional behavioral assessment was conducted:
Alter, P.J., Conroy, M.A., Mancil, G.R., & Haydon, T. (2008) A comparison of functional behavior assessment methodologies with young children: Descriptive methods and functional analysis. Journal of Behavioral Education, 17, 200-219.
Describe and identify the specific assessment measures that were used in the study. Why were these particular assessment measures used in the study you selected? Describe the findings of the functional behavioral analysis. What specific assessment measures could you add or remove? Why?

2. Take a look at the following article from the Kaplan Library that evaluates an indirect method of assessment:
Caregivers' Agreement and Validity of Indirect Functional Analysis: A Cross Cultural Evaluation Across Multiple Problem Behavior Topographies; Viues-Ortega et al., J Autism Dev Disord (2011) 41:82-91
Discuss the pros and cons of the measure in terms of accuracy and reliability. Select another type of indirect method (structured interview, checklists, rating scale, questionnaire, etc.) and discuss for what purpose that assessment could be used.

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