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Functional Behavioral Assessment

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At Journey Autism & Behavioral Care Centers, we use a wide variety of tools, assessments, and approaches to help us address the unique needs and goals of each of our clients. One of the most effective tools we use is a functional behavioral assessment (FBA), which is a practice used to discover why a child with autism spectrum disorder might be exhibiting challenging behaviors.

The goal of functional behavioral assessments is to help our experienced team of BCBAs and behavioral technicians create customized treatment plans. We’re here to support your child as they learn and grow as well as your whole family, and FBAs are an important tool in this process.

Reach out to the Journey Autism & Behavioral Care Centers team today at 844.222.4513 or connect with us online to learn more.

What Are Functional Behavioral Assessments?

Functional behavioral assessments (FBA) are an evidence-based practice used in applied behavior analysis (ABA) to determine why a child with autism spectrum disorder is exhibiting problematic behaviors.

The functional part of the phrase refers to identifying the function of the problem behavior, while the behavioral aspect looks at the characteristics of the behavior. This assessment can help those with ASD develop positive interventions for challenging behaviors. These positive interventions can be especially important during the early years of life.

The goal of functional behavioral assessments is to understand what events or situations are currently setting off problem behaviors. Then, BCBAs and behavioral technicians can develope behavior plans that replace these problematic responses with appropriate ones.

Functional behavioral assessments can be used for all types of problem behaviors. However, some of the behaviors that these assessments are most commonly used for include:

  • Meltdowns
  • Aggression
  • Self-injury
  • Property destruction
  • Refusal to comply with requests

If you’re concerned about these behaviors in your child, connect with our team today.

Functional Behavioral Assessments and Autism Treatment

While functional behavioral assessments are often used with those with autism spectrum disorder, they can also be applied to children who show problematic behaviors without a diagnosis. This type of assessment is particularly useful for understanding and developing appropriate responses to challenging behaviors in school settings where a child’s behavioral plan will likely apply throughout the day. At Journey, we use FBAs to develop and implement effective treatment plans.

This approach follows a basic principle of applied behavior analysis, which is that the best way to change behavior is through shaping and reinforcement of new behaviors. It can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder to adjust to changes in their current situations or routines because it’s impossible for them to make predictions about what will happen next. They work by learning specific responses; when one task is completed, they move on to the next. 

This can be challenging for children with ASD because they are not able to predict what will happen next, so it’s hard for them to prepare themselves ahead of time. Functional behavioral assessments are used in applied behavior analysis to determine why a child is exhibiting problematic behaviors and to develop positive interventions for challenging behaviors.

Learn More About Autism Treatment at Journey

Reach out to Journey Autism & Behavioral Care Centers at 844.222.4513 today or connect with us online to learn more about the programs we offer. In our Boston center, we’re able to support those with autism spectrum disorder from diagnosis through to adulthood. Ongoing care can reinforce positive behaviors and essential skills, and our goal is to see each of our clients reach their potential.

If you’re looking for a collaborative partner in caring for your child, connect with our Family Support Team today. We’ll help you navigate the intake process, including insurance, to ensure that your child receives the care they need.