Functional Behavioral Assessment and Function-Based Intervention: An Effective, Practical Approach

Prentice Hall
John Umbreit / Jolenea B. Ferro / Carl J. Liaupsin / Kathleen L. Lane  
Total pages
April 2006
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Written by leading authorities in the field, this book presents a complete system for conducting functional behavioral assessments, developing effective interventions, and implementing and monitoring those interventions.  It provides a decision-model and detailed explanation of how to develop interventions that are linked directly to the function of the behavior.  This text also translates evidence-based practices into concrete steps and activities, and covers topics in the natural order in which key tasks are performed.  Functional Behavioral Assessment and Function-Based Intervention uses a consistent format in each chapter that includes expected outcomes, a summary of key steps and activities, and exercises designed to improve mastery, as well as including numerous examples to illustrate important concepts and methods.


  • Presents a complete system for developing effective function-based interventions with methods described in specific, step-by-step fashion-helps readers learn how to do every part of the function-based intervention process; this is the first integrated, complete system that has been presented to professors, students, and practitioners in the field.
  • Presents how to use a unique, straightforward technique for developing interventions that are linked directly to the functional behavioral assessment and a Decision Model that guides the process-provides critical details not available anywhere else about how to translate the functional behavioral assessment information into a successful intervention.
  • Presents and teaches how to use the Function Matrix, an innovative tool for accurately identifying the function (or functions) of a problem behavior-organizes and simplifies a key task in conducting a functional behavioral assessment.
  • Presents information that is practical, detailed, concise, and evidence-based-translates research in terms easily applied to school and community settings.
  • Presents numerous examples to illustrate important concepts and methods-examples represent exemplary work that can serve as models; also provides negative examples of common and critical errors that can prevent success.
  • Useful checklists, forms, diagrams, charts, graphs, and tables.
  • Three complete case examples of the entire function-based intervention process from start to finish.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1       A Functional Approach to Problem Behavior


PART I           Conducting the FBA


Chapter 2       Defining the Problem: Identifying the Target and Replacement Behavior

Chapter 3       Functional Behavioral Assessment: Interviews

Chapter 4       Functional Behavioral Assessment: Direct Observation

Chapter 5       Determining the Function of the Behavior: Using the Function Matrix


PART II          Developing and Testing the Intervention


Chapter 6       Intervention Method 1: Teaching the Replacement Behavior

Chapter 7       Intervention Method 2: Improve the Environment

Chapter 8       Intervention Method 3: Adjust the Contingencies

Chapter 9       Identifying an Appropriate Measurement System

Chapter 10     Testing the Intervention

Chapter 11     The Behavior Intervention Plan


PART III         Implementing the Intervention


Chapter 12     Factors that Affect Success: Social Validity, Treatment Integrity, and Generalization and Maintenance

Chapter 13     Monitoring the Intervention and Analyzing Outcomes


PART IV         Putting it All Together: From Problem Identification to Effective Intervention


Chapter 14     The Entire Process When Using Method 1: Teach the Replacement Behavior

Chapter 15     The Entire Process When Using Method 2: Improve the Enviroment

Chapter 16     The Entire Process When Using Method 3: Adjust the Contingencies


Conclusion...And Some Suggestions

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