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Functional Assessment

Hello! I need help with the following. This is all part of one huge assignment and this is the only part that I am stuck at. The attachment contains information about Luther. It starts at #2.

Instructions:
•Identify the hypothesis. On the basis of this information, describe Luther's problem behavior and about the function of his problem behavior.
•Describe the functional analysis conditions. On the basis of the information from the interview and ABC observations, describe the functional analysis procedure you will use to confirm your hypothesis about the function of the problem. Describe the two functional analysis conditions you will have the nurses conduct with Luther. Describe the type of results you expect from the functional analysis procedure.
•Identify treatment procedures. Based on the hypothesized results from the functional analysis procedure, use the information on antecedents and consequences of the problem behavior to develop interventions.

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(1) Identify the hypothesis. On the basis of this information, describe Luther's problem behavior and about the function of his problem behavior.
It is hypothesized that whenever Luther is in the hallway, he will walk out the door. (Thus there is a relationship between Luther's walking out of the door and his being in the hallway).

Luther appears to have a problem of destination, or getting back where he should be. Based on the vignette, it is reported that he usually hangs out in the hallways and then if the nurses or staff is busy; he walks out of the door. When asked if he uses the courtyard door when he walks out (nurse and staff respond that he has only used that door once. Thus, it appears as if he may get lost when he is in the hallway. According to Sattler (2002) the hypothesis in a functional analysis should explain the relationship between problem behavior and the situations in which the problem behavior occurs; and explain the function of the behavior). Additionally, the Alzheimer organization cites warning signs associated with dementia in people who have Alzheimer's disease that are often overlooked by family and/or caregivers in the Alzheimer patient that include the following:

--memory loss
-Difficulty performing tasks
--Problems with language
--Disorientation or decreased judgment
--problems with abstract thinking
--misplacing items
--change in mood or behavior
--loss of interest (www.alhzeimer.org.).

(2) Describe the functional analysis conditions. On the basis of the information from the interview and ABC observations, describe the functional analysis procedure you will use to confirm your hypothesis about the function of the problem.
The functional conditions consists of Luther's persistent walking out by himself
On the basis of the information ...

Solution Summary

This solution describes the functional assessment of a client with Alzheimer' disease and a suggestive treatment plan.

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