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ERIC Number: EJ1160920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1074-2956
Functional Behavior Assessment and Function-Based Intervention Planning: Considering the Simple Logic of the Process
Scott, Terrance M.; Cooper, Justin T.
Beyond Behavior, v26 n3 p101-104 Dec 2017
While functional behavior assessment (FBA) has been a part of special education law and embedded in Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) since 1997, a precise definition of what actions or processes constitute a legal FBA has never been adequately addressed in the law. This article provides an overview of the underlying logic of FBA leading to effective function-based intervention. When focusing on a simplification of the logic behind FBA, there are three big ideas that serve as a foundation for considering the intersection of effectiveness and practicality: function matters, FBA requires repeated observations of behavior, and the only purpose of an FBA is to develop an effective intervention. These big ideas are discussed, leading to a conclusion as to how logic and simplicity must share priority in the process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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