Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments, Second Edition; A Practitioner's Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/23/2009
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Explaining the "whats," "whys," and "how-tos" of functional behavioral assessment, this practical and engaging book is packed with real-world tools and examples. Effective procedures are presented for evaluating challenging behavior in K–12 students, organizing assessment data, and using the results to craft individualized behavior support plans. The authors draw on extensive school-based experience to provide sample reports, decision trees, and reproducible checklists and forms—all in a large-size format with lay-flat binding to facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials. This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series. New to This Edition *Revised throughout to reflect significant advances in the field. *Provides an updated conceptual model for understanding behavior. *Three new chapters cover brief functional analysis, behavior-analytic problem solving, and direct behavioral consultation. *Fully updated coverage of legal issues under IDEIA. *Includes revised forms and sample reports.

Author Biography

Mark W. Steege, PhD, is Professor of School Psychology at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Steege completed his graduate training in school psychology at the University of Iowa in 1986. He is a licensed psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst. He has written numerous original research articles, book chapters, and two books on functional behavioral assessment. Dr. Steege has served several terms as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and School Psychology Review and is presently associate editor of the Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools. His primary research interests are the application of applied behavior analysis in the assessment and treatment of interfering behaviors with persons with developmental disabilities.


T. Steuart Watson, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Watson graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1991, with a doctorate in school psychology and a minor in applied behavior analysis. He was awarded the Lightner Witmer Award from Division 16 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding research contributions by a young scholar. Dr. Watson is coeditor of the Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools. He has written numerous articles, books, and book chapters. His research focuses on evaluating the effects of external reinforcers on motivation, direct behavioral consultation, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of behavioral interventions, promoting treatment integrity, functional assessment methodologies, and investigating the effects of olfactory stimuli on learning.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment
Genesis of Functional Behavioral Assessment
Legal Aspects of Functional Behavioral Assessment
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Conceptual Foundations of Functional Behavioral Assessments...but Were Afraid to Ask: Or, Basic Principles of Functional Behavioral Assessment
Key Elements of Functional Behavioral Assessment
Observing and Recording Behavior
Indirect Functional Behavioral Assessment
Direct Descriptive Functional Behavioral Assessment
Brief Functional Analysis of Behavior
Behavior-Analytic Problem-Solving Model
Function-Based Interventions
Sample Functional Behavioral Assessment Reports
Direct Behavioral Consultation: Or, "How Do We Get People to Implement Interventions Accurately and Consistently?"
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