ERIC Number: ED415636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-16
Addressing Student Problem Behavior: An IEP Team's Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans.
Quinn, Mary Magee; Gable, Robert A.; Rutherford, Robert B., Jr.; Nelson, C. Michael; Howell, Kenneth W.
This paper provides guidelines for conducting a functional behavioral assessment and developing positive behavior intervention plans with students who have behavior disorders or other disabilities in the context of requirements of the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). After an introduction, rights and requirements under IDEA are specified, as are the roles and responsibilities of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team members. Next, the value of a functional assessment of behavior is presented, including examples to illustrate underlying causes for "acting out" behavior. Techniques for conducting the functional behavioral assessment are then presented and include identifying the problem behavior, indirect assessment using an informant, data analysis, and development of an hypothesis statement. The following section offers ideas for IEP teams to consider when developing behavior intervention plans. These include the formation of specific goals and objectives and specification of activities to accomplish the goals and objectives for addressing skill deficits, performance deficits, and both skill and performance deficits. The final two sections consider ways to modify the learning environment and to evaluate the behavior intervention plan. Attached are a list of organizational resources and sample forms for conducting and analyzing a behavioral assessment. (Contains 40 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Disorders, Behavior Problems, Behavioral Science Research, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Individualized Education Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intervention, Legal Responsibility, Program Development, Student Evaluation, Student Rights
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Child and Adolescent Service System Program.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC. Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997