Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism: Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Behavior

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It's not unusual for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to exhibit challenging behaviors including noncompliance, aggression, and repetitive actions that interfere with daily life. These behaviors, which appear meaningless, unproductive, or even dangerous, can be changed or stopped.

This guide describes functional behavior assessment (FBA), a highly regarded strategy that parents and professionals can use to identify the factors contributing to the problem behavior. As...

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Overview

It's not unusual for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to exhibit challenging behaviors including noncompliance, aggression, and repetitive actions that interfere with daily life. These behaviors, which appear meaningless, unproductive, or even dangerous, can be changed or stopped.

This guide describes functional behavior assessment (FBA), a highly regarded strategy that parents and professionals can use to identify the factors contributing to the problem behavior. As the book explains, children and adults with ASDs are susceptible to unwanted behaviors due to difficulties with communication skills, social skills, and narrow interests. For example, a nonverbal adult engages in head-banging to obtain beads reserved for times when he needs calming; a child with social skills deficits inappropriately seeks attention by hitting classmates; or an adolescent hyper-focused on one TV program irritates everyone by constantly talking about it. An FBA helps to determine what purpose the behavior serves for the individual and the specific circumstances that led to learning the behavior in the first place. Later on, the assessment is used to develop an intervention plan to help the individual unlearn the behavior.

Anyone can learn the basics of FBA. The book's step-by-step explanations, forms, and case studies make it easy for parents and professionals to:

Decide which challenging behavior to address
Select members of an FBA team
Measure behavior
Gather information from other observers
Establish a baseline
Observe a problem behavior
Test the hypothesis about the function of the behavior
Begin to plan for an intervention
Troubleshoot

WithFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM caregivers are well on the way to breaking down the barriers created by challenging behavior. A forthcoming sequel will thoroughly address how to develop an effective behavioral intervention plan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890627584
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Topics in Autism Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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