PS410 Screening and Assessment Unit 2 Discussion

Targeted responses to two classmates’ primary posts are required. There are topics and questions that you must cover in your response posts for Units 1 through 9, and you will need to further the conversation by elaborating on the topics and questions. Please review the Discussion Board Participation Rubric under Course Resources.

As you have learned in Unit 2, there is legislation that protects individuals with disabilities and a major part of this protection involves the use of Functional Behavior Assessment, particularly in the school setting. You have also learned that the approach taken to development of behavior intervention was not always function-based.

For this discussion, create a scenario in which you have a client who is exhibiting a target behavior in either a school or work setting. Describe the legislation that applies to your client along with an explanation of your understanding of this legislation and how you can ensure that it is being upheld.

Discuss in detail why the choice of a Functional Behavioral Assessment approach that utilizes principles of Behavior Analysis should be considered superior to previous iterations of assessment for problem behaviors. In your discussion, be sure to include references to at least two of the following “old school” methods of behavior assessment: the diagnostic model, topography based, case based, or team preference-based approaches.

Peer Responses: Respond to two classmates’ primary posts by discussing specifics related to research, empirical background, and legal issues that would justify the choice of a Functional Behavioral Assessment as a primary method for behavior assessment in your peers’ hypothetical scenario.

Reading and Resources

Read Chapter 1 in Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments: A Practitioner’s Guide: “Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessment”

Chapter 1 introduces you to Functional Behavior Assessment and the necessity of this assessment in developing effective behavior intervention procedures.

Read Journal Article

Scott, T.M. & Cooper, J.T. (2017). Functional behavior assessment and function-based intervention planning: Considering the simple logic of the process. Beyond Behavior, 26, 101-104.


Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis. 3rd Edition.

Steege, M.W., Pratt, J.L., Wickerd, G., Guare, R., & Watson, T.S. (2019). Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments: A Practitioner’s Guide. 3rd Edition.

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