32. What is an FBA and Why Your Child Might Need One

podcast Mar 25, 2021

If your student's behaviors are interfering with their success in the educational setting, an FBA might be just what they need. 

An FBA is a behavioral assessment used to track data to figure out why a student acts a certain way. In the assessment, the goal is to determine what is behind the behavior which you might hear referred to as the “function of the behavior” and what purpose that behavior might be serving the student. This is important because it leads the evaluator to look beyond just the behavior and instead, to the underlying motivation for it.

An FBA leads to an overview of what function or purposes the behavior serves so that the team can then use that information to develop a Behavior Intervention Plan for that student, sometimes called a BIP.