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ERIC Number: ED438662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Link between Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs). ERIC Digest E592.
Jolivette, Kristine; Scott, Terrance M.; Nelson, C. Michael
This Digest discusses provisions in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that require functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and behavioral intervention plans (BIPs) to be conducted prior to a change in placement or suspension for more than 10 days, based on inappropriate behaviors for students with disabilities. It presents the following 10-step process to help school personnel infuse data from the FBA into the BIP: (1) determine the function of the undesired behavior; (2) determine an appropriate replacement behavior; (3) determine when the replacement behavior should occur; (4) design a teaching sequence; (5) manipulate the environment to increase the probability of success; (6) manipulate the environment to decrease the probability of failure; (7) determine how positive behavior will be reinforced; (8) determine consequences for instances of problem behavior; (9) develop a data collection system; and (10) develop behavioral goals and objectives. Educators are urged to view the IDEA mandates on FBAs and BIPS as a single, continuous process rather than as a separate process and a subsequent product. (Contains 10 references.) (CR)
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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.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act