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Functional Behavioral Evaluations

Federal law requires functional behavioral assessment to be part of disciplinary procedures (manifest determinations). These guidelines apply to all students in special education, including those with autism; however, there are other times when determining the purpose or function of a behavior is beneficial.

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ABC-Iceberg (ABC-I)

Functional Behavioral

The ABC-Iceberg (ABC-I; Aspy & Grossman, 2011) is a form used to examine the antecedents, behaviors, and consequences observed and to consider the characteristics of autism as they relate to the observed behavior.

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Functional Assessment Checklist: Teachers and Staff (FACTS)

Functional Behavioral

The Functional Assessment Checklist: Teachers and Staff (FACTS; March, Horner, Lewis-Palmer, Brown, Crone, Todd, et al., 2000) is a semi-structured brief interview method used to conduct a functional assessment or develop an intervention plan.

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Functional Assessment Interview Form (FAI)

Functional Behavioral

The Functional Assessment Interview Form (FAI; O’Neill et al., 1997) is a structured interview designed to gather information about a behavior and the circumstances under which it occurs.

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Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS)

Functional Behavioral

The Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS; Durand & Crimmins, 1988; 1992) is designed to help identify the motivation behind a target problem behavior.

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Student-Directed Functional Assessment Interview Form (SDFAI)

Functional Behavioral

The Student-Directed Functional Assessment Interview Form (SDFAI; O’Neill et al., 1997) is a structured interview conducted with the student in an effort to understand the student’s perspective on the circumstances related to a specific behavior of concern.

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