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Behavioral assessment of children -- Middle West; Problem children -- Education -- Middle West;


Challenging behaviors at school inte1fere with a student's ability to effectively learn. In these situations behavioral assessments are frequently conducted and current practice adamantly supports the use of functional behavioral assessments (FBA) in addressing challenging behaviors among students. This study examines the assessment methods and personnel most frequently included in the FBA process in a Midwestern regional education agency through the review of completed assessments in a one year period. The results of this study suggest that record reviews and observations are utilized in the majority of the cases as part of the assessment process, along with an interview and other behavior data not further specified. Research suggests that assessments incorporating data from multiple methods enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of the FBAs and behavior intervention plans (BIPs), yet the majority of the cases reviewed included data from two or fewer different RIOT (Review, Interview, Observe, Test) sources. School psychologists, general education teachers, and special education teachers were involved in the FBA process most frequently and parents were involved in a smaller number of cases. Implications for practice are discussed.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Kerri Clopton

Second Advisor

Charlotte M. Haselhuhn

Third Advisor

Susan Etscheidt


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