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date: 17 December 2018

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Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) refers to a wide range of methodologies whose primary purposes are to identify the individual and environmental variables that directly influence behavior, and to derive an individualized treatment plan based on those variables.

The principles, assumptions, methodologies, and procedures that comprise an empirically valid FBA are drawn from applied behavior analysis. This chapter first provides a description of the SMIRC model that guides the functional assessment process. The basic principles, components, and procedures of FBA are described, to assist with methodology selection and implementation. A discussion of the five most common errors committed when attempting to assess function is presented in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence. Finally, we address some of the most pertinent questions related to school based FBAs.

Keywords: functional assessment, brief functional analysis, SMIRC model, errors

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