An examination of the relation between functional behavior assessment and selected intervention strategies with school-based teams

  • Scott T
  • McIntyre J
  • Liaupsin C
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Although functional behavior assessment (FBA) is widely advocated as best practice in developing effective behavior intervention plans for students with challenging behaviors, there is no compelling evidence supporting the ability of school-based personnel to use the outcomes of FBA to develop effective interventions. In this study, selected staff members from four elementary schools were trained in how to use the outcomes of an FBA to develop function-based intervention plans. They then formed school-based intervention teams and served as facilitators for a total of 31 cases. The same cases also were distributed to three national FBA experts who selected interventions based on the identified function for each case. The number and type of selected intervention strategies were recorded and analyzed across cases. Comparisons between team and expert intervention strategy selection revealed that school-based personnel in this study were more likely to select punitive and exclusionary strategies, regardless of...

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  • Terrance M. Scott

  • Julianna McIntyre

  • Carl Liaupsin

  • C. Michael Nelson

  • Maureen Conroy

  • Linda Donica Payne

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