Students will focus on assessment and intervention strategies for addressing challenging behaviors in the classroom, at home, and in the community for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Students will learn to generate hypotheses about the functions of challenging behavior as they relate to communication skills and identify positive behavioral support strategies to implement to replace the negative behaviors. Positive behavioral support, functional behavioral assessment, functional communication training, and other more traditional behavior management strategies will be discussed. Students will participate in a field experience that involves completing a functional assessment through direct and indirect assessment and developing a positive behavioral support plan based on that assessment.
1) Conduct a functional behavior assessment using direct and indirect measurements of behavior.
2) Develop hypotheses about the function(s) of targeted behaviors based on the information obtained through the functional assessment.
3) Prepare an individual behavior intervention plan based on the functions of behavior identified through the functional assessment.
4) Share assessment information with family members and other members of the student’s team.
5) Use technology to show assessment results graphically and share information with parents and other team members.