Term Functional Behavioral Assessment
Code HL-2000.2050
Definition Programs offered by the schools or available through public or private agencies that assess children with behavioral or emotional problems that are interfering with their educational progress or the progress of other students. A functional assessment uses a variety of techniques to understand what's behind a child's inappropriate behaviors including non-academic factors that might be contributing to a child's frustration with learning. The process leads to development of an intervention plan that focuses on teaching new behavior and social skills. Modification of the school or classroom environment and activities, adaptation of curriculum and instructional delivery, and changes to elements in the teacher/student relationship that encourage the undesirable behavior are usually also involved. A functional assessment has a narrower focus than a special education assessment. It focuses on the why, how, where, when and what of a child's behavior whereas a special education assessment is a comprehensive evaluation that is used to see if a child is eligible for special education services.
Created 8/14/18
Changed 8/23/18
Use References FBA
Functional Assessment
Functional Behavioral Assessments
See Also References Developmental Assessment (LF-7000.1700)
Mental Health Evaluation (RP-5000)
Special Education (HH-8000)
Special Education Assessment (HL-2000.8000)
External Classification Terms Education (CAN ED)
Education (AIRS ED-170)
Special Education (NPC B04.20)
Special Education (NTE B28)
Special Education for the Emotionally Disturbed (UW
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Functional Assessment: What It Is and How It Works" by Amanda Morin, https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/evaluations/evaluation-basics/functional-assessment-what-it-is-and-how-it-works

"Indirect Functional Behavior Assessment Process", Department of Special Education, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Nebraska https://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/64CB422A-ED08-43F0-F795CA9DE364B6BE/sp0009-_functional_assessment.pdf

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