A functional behavioral assessment is used to help identify the reasons behind problem behaviors. In an FBA the evaluator gathers information about the time, place, and severity of negative behaviors in order to understand patterns that result in acting out. The information is used to develop interventions to alter the factors that precede or reinforce unwanted behaviors.
This article is based on the presentation by Ross W. Greene, PhD, Children Do Well When They Can: Identifying and Solving Problems That Cause Challenging Behaviors. Dr. Greene, a leading authority on Oppositional Defiant Disorder, is the originator of the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model and founding director of the nonprofit Lives in the Balance.
During a school disciplinary hearing, kids with identified disabilities have special protections under the law. Parents need to understand these unique rights and be proactive about ensuring their implementation.
Students with LD and ADHD are suspended from school at greater rates than their peers without learning challenges. Increasingly, school codes of conduct penalize behaviors that these students struggle to control on a regular basis, putting them at risk for suspension.