Functional Assessments (FBAs, FAs)

Autism Functional Behavior Assessment for Educators

The autism behavior therapists at BBH use functional assessment methods to help educators find a reason or function for the student’s challenging behavior. There are several common reasons such an individual will use certain behaviors:

  • To escape or avoid something
  • Gain attention
  • Gain access to preferred activities or items
  • Alter sensory stimulation, automatic reinforcement

The goal of the functional assessment is to:

  • Identify and define challenging behaviors
  • Identify the times, events, and situations that predict when a behavior will and will not occur
  • Determine what results occur and how these results may be maintaining the problem behavior
  • Identify appropriate alternative and adaptive behaviors
  • Establish a hypothesis that will be used to create goals and develop a positive behavior plan