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Nancy E Rosenberg
EDSPE 524
Seattle Campus

Functional Behavioral Assessment

Provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of functional behavioral assessment (FBA). FBA is a required practice under special education law and considered a best practice for students with challenging behavior.

Class description

This class will focus on addressing challenging behaviors in students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. We will cover functional behavior assessment and the full range of strategies that have been shown to both prevent and reduce challenging behaviors in these students.

Student learning goals

Know how to collect data and analyze it to determine the function of challenging behavior in a student with ASD or other disabilities.

Know how to set up the environment to prevent challenging behaviors in a student with ASD or other developmental disability.

Know how to identify and teach replacement skills for a challenging behavior.

Know how to manipulate consequences to reduce the likelihood of challenging behaviors in a student with ASD or other disability.

Know teaching strategies to help prevent challenging behaviors in a student with ASD or other developmental disability.

Understand the importance of considering contextual fit when designing a behavior plan for a student with ASD or other developmental disability.

General method of instruction

Lecture, whole group discussion, small group learning.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy E Rosenberg
Date: 04/02/2008