Functional Assessment : Strategies to Prevent and Remediate Challenging Behavior in School Settings / Edition 1

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This book is unique in its wide application to a number of settings. The comprehensive, practical treatment of functional assessment addresses preschool through high school levels, regular education and self-contained classroom settings, and special and regular student populations. Its strong use of vignettes and open-ended case studies promotes problem solving among readers as they identify the function of behavior, choose intervention options, and pinpoint typical functional assessment practices. Focuses on three functions of behavior—positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and sensory stimulation/sensory regulation. Covers specific interventions by function, with coverage of intervention techniques. Encourages positive, team-based approaches to the prevention and remediation of challenging behavior. Provides practical solutions, instructing readers on how to conduct functional assessment in the classroom as well as other school settings and how to choose and apply interventions based on functional assessment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130156754
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction to Challenging Behavior and the Functional Assessment and Intervention Model 1
1 The Importance of Identifying and Addressing Challenging Behavior 3
2 Identifying Why Challenging Behavior Occurs 13
3 Assumptions and Goals of Functional Assessment 25
Pt. 2 Conducting a Functional Assessment 41
4 Assessing the Current Environment 43
5 Identifying the Function of Challenging and Appropriate Behaviors 65
Pt. 3 Selecting and Implementing Function-Based Interventions 83
6 Selecting Setting Event, Antecedent, and Consequence Strategies and Appropriate Replacement Behaviors 85
7 Intervention Strategies Related to the Positive Reinforcement Function 101
8 Intervention Strategies Related to the Negative Reinforcement Function 121
9 General Intervention Strategies Related to the Sensory Regulation/Sensory Stimulation Function 151
10 Specific Intervention Strategies Related to the Increase and Decrease Sensory Regulation/Sensory Stimulation Functions 167
11 Prevention Strategies and Strategies to Promote Generalization and Maintenance of Behavior 191
Pt. 4 Functional Assessment Within School Settings 213
12 Guidelines for Program Implementation and Consultation 215
13 Problem-Solving Case Studies 241
References 271
Name Index 289
Subject Index 297
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We have conducted workshops, university courses, and in-service training in functional assessment for more than 15 years. We also have extensive experience conducting functional assessment in a variety of settings, across a variety of ages of students, and with students with and without disabilities. We wrote this book because we needed a practical and easily understood model of functional assessment that dealt specifically with school-aged populations and settings. When we conducted workshops and taught courses in functional assessment, students and participants often asked if there was something published that they could give to other educators, parents, or administrators or that they could read as they tried to apply functional assessment. This book is a result of their requests. This book turns theory and research into practical applications in school settings and situations.

We present a comprehensive and positive approach to the prevention and remediation of challenging behavior using functional assessment. The book is written for special and regular educators and consultants who work in school settings.

This book is divided into four sections that take the reader through the process of conducting functional assessment and implementing interventions based on the function of behavior:

  • Part One (Chapters I to 3) provides an introduction to challenging behavior and functional assessment. It presents the rationale for addressing challenging behavior, common misconceptions about the causes of challenging behavior, and it provides a rationale for using functional assessment and describes the assumptions and goals of functional assessment.
  • Part Two (Chapters 4 and 5) describes the process of conducting functional assessment in school settings and identifying the function of behavior.
  • Part Three (Chapters 6 to 11) presents suggestions and tips for selecting and implementing function-based interventions. It also presents specific intervention strategies by behavior function: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and sensory regulation/sensory stimulation increase and decrease. Finally, it provides suggestions for implementing strategies to prevent the development of challenging behavior.
  • Part Four (Chapters 12 and 13) provides guidelines for program implementation and consultation. It discusses common problems encountered in conducting functional assessment and in providing consultation to educators. It then provides strategies to prevent and remediate those problems. Part Four also includes problem-solving case studies. These case studies allow the reader to practice functional assessment and to develop intervention plans to address challenging behavior.

This book contains numerous examples of functional assessment as it is employed in school settings. Examples cover all ages of students (preschool through high school), both regular and self-contained special education settings as well as other school and home settings, a variety of challenging behaviors, and students with and without disabilities. The examples also include a variety of team members who conduct the assessment and implement intervention strategies.

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