Behavior Assessment, Plans, and Positive Supports (page 2)

By — National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities
Updated on Feb 17, 2011

Behavior Assessment

  • So what exactly is a Functional Behavioral Assessment?
    This page answers the basic questions of "FBA: What is it?" It covers how to conduct and FBA, and how to use the results to create a positive behavioral intervention plan and supports. The information is broken down into digestible sizes and is easy to read and consume.
  • Here's another reader-friendly overview.
    FAPE is the Families & Advocates Partnership for Education. Although the project is no longer in operation, its 8-page brief on functional behavioral assessment and positive behavioral interventions is still available online. So is the Spanish version, at:
  • What is "Multimodal Behavior Analysis"?
    The Duquesne University School Psychology Program provides a thorough description of the process of conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment and writing a Behavior Intervention Plan.

Behavior Intervention Plans

  • What are the components of Behavioral Support?
    This site offers information on a 3-tier model of behavior support: (1) school-wide, (2) small group, and (3) individual. It gives information on what all students need to be successful.
  • Positive behavioral interventions and supports.
    This article from LDOnline explains why PBIS is important and outlines key principles of practice.
  • More about PBS and its individualized approach to managing challenging behavior.
    This What Works brief from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning summarizes PBS and talks about how it works, factors that will limit its effectiveness, and whether it's really just "giving in" to the child. A Spanish version is available at:
  • Tips for parents: How to get behavior supports into the IEP.
    This guide, a collaboration between the Beach Center on Disabilities and the Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, contains a wealth of suggestions for parents.
  • Need training materials for parents on positive behavioral interventions?
    These training materials, subtitled Parents Need to Know, include 37 overheads and a curriculum for trainers. The set is available in Spanish as well and on CD-ROM.  

Yet More Resources

  • There's a center focusing exclusively on PBIS.
    The Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide information, training, support, and guidance to the nation on addressing behavior problems in research-based and effective ways. They offer information in English and in Spanish.
  • Check out this one-stop-shop on behavior!
    This site has info for both families and teachers on FBAs, behavior intervention plans, bullying, and discipline issues.
  • Don't forget to check out the other NICHCY A-Z pages on behavior.
    They're listed and linked at the top of this file, and offer quick connections and resources on other behavior-related issues.
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