Functional Behavior Assessment / Functional Analysis
A Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) / Functional Analysis (FA) is an evidence-based practice that involves the manipulation of variables within an individual's environment in which a target behavior occurs. This is conducted in order to determine what may be influencing the behavior, and what conditions may increase the likelihood of the behavior occurring again in the future.
This assessment process assists with determining what behavioral interventions may be implemented in order to gain socially significant changes in the individual's behavior.
Trainings and Workshops
Group training workshops are offered on a referral basis. Training topics can be recommended by a Behavior Analyst, or can be requested by agency or school district personnel. 3-Hour and 6-Hour workshops are offered based on the agency or school district’s needs.
A minimum of 10 participants is required to enroll for both types of workshops.
This service utilizes Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET) among other interventions in order to teach clients new skills involving language and communication and functional life skills. When using these methods, the Behavior Analyst or ABA therapist ensures that the client is able to maintain newly taught skills over time in addition to generalizing skills across people, settings, and other stimuli.
Language and Communication Assessments
These assessments target specific skills related to a student’s current level of communication, and identify where a student may be demonstrating weaknesses and deficits in language development. The results of these assessments can be utilized in IEP development and goal writing, along with progress monitoring as students gain communication skills.
Assessments utilized include: the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R) and the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP).
Behavior Intervention Plans
This service involves a summary of the interventions that have been determined to be most effective at producing positive behavior change for clients. Included in this service are a summary of the FBA/FA, Reinforcer Assessments, and a description of each prescribed behavioral intervention that is recommended for implementation.
Training is provided to caregivers, classroom staff, or other service personnel on how to utilize the interventions prescribed in the plan. Trainings are conducted using a Behavioral Skills Training method in which the interventions are modeled to caregivers or classroom staff, taught with feedback, and observed being performed by the trainees. Data is collected during follow up visits on the target behaviors to ensure the effectiveness of the interventions being implemented.
Functional / Life Skills Assessments
These assessments target specific areas related to current level of performance for independent, functional, and life skills for middle, high school students, or older clients. Students and clients are assessed for strengths and weakness within their skill sets. This information can be utilized for IEP development and goal writing along with progress monitoring as the student or client gains skills.
Assessments utilized include: the Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS).
For school consultative services, training can be provided to classroom staff on how to conduct the assessments independently so that they may be completed with other students in the future.