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FBA

The purpose of a Functional Behavioral Assessment is to look beyond the obvious interpretation of undesirable (“bad”) behavior and determine what function it may be serving for a child. The process usually involves documenting the antecedent (what comes before the behavior), behavior, and consequence (what happens after the behavior) over a number of weeks; interviewing teachers, parents, and others who work with the child; evaluating how the child’s disability may influence behavior; and manipulating the environment to see if the behavior can be avoided. An FBA is usually completed by a behavior specialist, and then becomes the basis for a Behavior Intervention Plan, or BIP.