Generalization and Sustainability in Positive Behavior Support
Function-Based Decision Making
A functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is used to make sure we understand the challenges occurring in each routine a person chooses to work on improving.
The best way to conduct a FBA is to start by asking the child or adult and team members to make a list of the most challenging routines that are having a negative impact on quality of life.
Module 2 provides an overview of the FBA process. If you are not familiar with this problem-solving approach, it may be helpful to review Module 2 before proceeding. The module 2 video is provided on this page for review purposes.
Video Describing Positive Behavior Support
- Presentation Slides for Recording - Describing Positive Behavior Support
- Module 2 - Positive Approaches to Challenging Behavior
Once we understand how to identify a new routine for PBS planning, we can use the concept of generalization to help us adapt what is already working for a child or adult into new situations and settings.
Summary of FBA: Creating a Meaningful Plan for Family and Staff
Functional Behavioral Assessment results in a hypothesis statement that is confirmed using direct observation and includes....
- A number of specific problematic routines
- Events that precede (or co-occur with challenging behavior) that set the stage for challenges
- A list of the triggers occurring right before challenging behavior
- Clearly defined challenging behavior
- Confirmation of what happens immediately after challenging behavior
For more information, tools and resources related to FBA, visit the Module 2 Resource Page .