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ERIC Number: ED429420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans. ERIC/OSEP Digest E571.
Fitzsimmons, Mary K.
This digest discusses the new requirement under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that Individualized Education Program teams conduct a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and implement behavior intervention plans that include positive behavioral interventions and supports for students with disabilities. It describes the purpose of a functional assessment and outlines key steps that are common to most FBAs, including: (1) verify the seriousness of the problem; (2) define the problem behavior in concrete terms; (3) collect data on possible causes of problem behavior; (4) analyze the data; and (5) formulate and test a hypothesis. The digest then addresses behavior intervention plans and the need to implement intervention plans that emphasize skills needed by the student to behave in a more appropriate manner and that provide proper motivation. Tips for evaluating the plan are also included. (CR)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1589; Tel: 800-382-0272 (Toll Free); e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA. ERIC/OSEP Special Project on Interagency Information Dissemination.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act