Functional Behavioral Assessment-Based Interventions (Intervention Report)

Organization: Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse

The What Works Clearinghouse identified 17 studies of interventions based on functional behavioral assessment that both fall within the scope of the “children identified with or at risk for an emotional disturbance” topic area and meet What Works Clearinghouse pilot single-case design standards. Functional behavioral assessment is an individualized problem-solving process for addressing student problem behavior. An assessment is conducted to identify the purpose or function of a student’s problem behavior. This assessment process involves collecting information about the environmental conditions that precede the problem behavior and the subsequent rewards that reinforce the behavior. The information that is gathered is then used to identify and implement individualized interventions aimed at reducing problem behaviors and increasing positive behaviors.