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

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Woodbine House, 2006 - Education - 152 pages
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This guide describes functional behaviour assessment (FBA), a highly regarded strategy that parents and professionals can use to identify the factors contributing to the problem behaviour. As the book explains, children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are susceptible to unwanted behaviours due to difficulties with communication skills, social skills, and narrow interests. An FBA helps to determine what purpose the behaviour serves for the individual and the specific circumstances that led to learning the behaviour in the first place. Later on, the assessment is used to develop an intervention plan to help the individual unlearn the behaviour. With Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism caregivers are well on the way to breaking down the barriers created by challenging behaviour. A forthcoming sequel will thoroughly address how to develop an effective behavioural intervention plan.

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Why Problem Behaviors Occur
How Are Behaviors Learned?
First Steps for Completing a Functional Behavior Assessment

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Beth A Glasberg PhD is a Senior Education Specialist for the Cody Centre for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a consultant for Douglass Outreach, a division of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Centre at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and two-time recipient of the Lebec Prize for Research in Autism.

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