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The Teacher's Concise Guide to Functional Behavioral Assessment

'Offers great suggestions on how to read and interpret important information for children with behavioral issues.'uRamona Marquez, Director of Special EducationHatch Valley Public Schools, Hatch, NMBecause every behavior has a reason behind ita Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a highly effective, student-centered approach to improving challenging behavior. The method helps educators figure out why students act the way they do and then make the appropriate environmental or instructional adjustments.Ideal for general and special educators new to FBAs, this concise, accessible guidebook offers a practical overview of how to use classroom and behavioral assessment data to make the learning environment enjoyable for alluincluding the teacher. Readers will learn how to:Identify and understand the underlying factors of challenging behavior Observe, collect, and analyze classroom dataAdopt evidence-based intervention strategies to correct problem behaviorPrepare a proactive plan for serious disruptionsBlending light-hearted humor with personal experiences and case studies, the author provides concrete methods for positive, effective behavioral intervention.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Why FBA? 2. Conjunction Junction, What's the Behavior's Function? 3. Getting Started Through the Back Door: Indirect Assessment 4. Descriptive Analysis 5. Functional Analysis 6. Multiple Functions 7. When to Use What 8. Summarizing and Reporting the Data 9. FBA Within an RTI Framework 10. A Beginner's Look at Function-Based Support Planning Conclusion Appendix A: Sample Behaviorial Assessment Interview--Student Appendix B: Sample Behavior Assessment Summary Appendix C: Functional Behavioral Assessment Narrative Report Appendix D: Sample Collaborative Team Activity Guide Bibliography Index

About the Author

Raymond J. Waller is an associate professor of special education at Piedmont College/Athens and is on the faculty at the University of Georgia in the School of Social Work. He is an active school consultant in the areas of student behavior problems and child and adolescent mental health issues.


"Waller has once again done an excellent job of making applied behavior analysis principles and procedures easily understandable and applicable for special educators." -- Cindy Dobbins, Behavior Specialist "The information will be helpful to all educators and administrators as they become more responsible for completing FBA and creating BIPs." -- Mari Gates, Teacher "Offers great suggestions on how to read and interpret important information for children with behavioral issues." -- Ramona Marquez, Director of Special Education "A concise presentation of a challenging topic area in an easy-to-read format for teachers." -- John M. Hintze, Professor of School Psychology

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