Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
A Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a process that helps figure out the reason for your child’s behaviors.
FBA includes a team of people:
- You and your family, including your child
- School staff
- Behavior Specialist Consultant - a professional who works in Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS)
People in your child’s life who see the behavior first-hand are interviewed in the FBA process. Interviewing is a way to get more details about what is going on with your child.
Why would your child need an FBA?
Your child might need an FBA to make changes to his or her disruptive or distracting behavior. The FBA teaches ways to replace behaviors with better ones so your child can communicate their needs in a more appropriate way.
What is your role in the FBA process?
As a parent, your role in the FBA process is important. You can help the team understand your child’s behavior. Because you know your child’s behavior history, you can give the team a lot of information. You might also take part in observing your child and gathering information about their behavior at home or in community settings.
Why should you worry about getting an FBA for your preschooler?
Even if your child is very young, it is important to address challenging behaviors as early as you can. It is easier to change a child’s behavior when they are young than to allow them to continue disruptive behavior as they get older. Children should learn how to get their needs met in a way that is socially appropriate. This helps them function better and get along with others as they grow up.