Focusing on the Function of Behavior Within the Context of DBI

Focusing on the Function of Behavior Within the Context of DBI

Resource Type
Training Modules
Developed By
National Center on Intensive Intervention

The purpose of this training is to gain foundational knowledge of how all behavior serves a purpose or function. This foundational knowledge is core to understanding behavior, supporting students with challenging behavior, and diagnosing the function of behavior and developing effective behavioral interventions. This module introduces function of behavior and provides suggestions for how you can use this understanding within the context of a data-based individualization (DBI) process. While this module briefly mentions the role of a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), this is not the focus of this module.

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  • List three ways the function of behavior is important.
  • Name at least four common functions of behavior.
  • Describe how a function can be used within the diagnostic behavioral assessment process.

This module builds on content covered in the Behavior Basics: Understanding Principles of Behavior module. While this module provides a brief review of behavior basics, we recommend ensuring participants have a complete understanding of behavior basics, prior to engaging with this presentation.

The module is intended to be delivered by a trained, knowledgeable professional. It includes a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes and a workbook. The audience for this module may include the behavior support team, interventionists, special educators, school psychologists, counselors, and administrators.

Focusing on Function of Behavior Slides (508 Compliant Version)

Focusing on Function of Behavior Participant Workbook

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