ERIC Number: EJ793323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 22
Using Functional Behavioral Assessment with Individuals with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities
Gartin, Barbara C.; Murdick, Nikki L.
Assessment for Effective Intervention, v30 n4 p25-32 2005
As a result of inherent cognitive and language difficulties, individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities often are considered difficult to assess appropriately. When cognitive and language difficulties occur in conjunction with behavioral issues, this difficulty is compounded. The IDEA requirement to include a form of assessment, known as functional behavioral assessment (FBA), is seen as one method that may reduce this problem. A description of the strengths and weaknesses of FBA, the steps in implementing the assessment, and its use with individuals with cognitive deficits as well as behavioral issues is provided. Finally, a case study simulation illustrates the process.
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Behavior Problems, Case Studies, Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Comparative Analysis, Federal Legislation, Discipline, Student Behavior, Individualized Education Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act