A Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a systematic process of studying and describing an individual’s behavior, which incorporates direct observation as well environmental factors and related events into the big picture as to why someone acts as they do. An FBA is used to collect some of the basic information which is needed to create an effective behavior support plan. This article contains a sample FBA form. The form included here is by no means the only valid mechanism to use. Rather, it is an provides an illustration on what the FBA process is and could be used as a template in event no other form or process is available.
A basic description of an FBA can be downloaded here.
Information Delaware schools will need to acknowledge on FBAs can found on page 9 of the Delaware Department of Education (DOE)’s Parents can be the Key document. Quoting from this document:
Parents or school staff may request a functional behavioral assessment as part of a childs evaluation or reevaluation
The FBA page on the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP) web site has a soup to nuts FBA assessment form. While this is not the same as having a professional FBA assessment and Behavioral Support plan, it if a good way to see what an FBA entails. The three basic files for the assessment and follow up Behavioral Plan can be downloaded off the CECP site or below.
Intro to FBA for the IEP Team
Conducting the FBA
Creating a Positive Behavioral Support Plan