Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) & Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)
While most developmentally typical problems respond to conventional treatment approaches, these can be ineffective for particularly challenging or long-standing behavioral concerns. For some (e.g., children with severe inattention and impulsivity, oppositionality and defiance, aggression and acting-out behavior, or intellectual and developmental disabilities), a more specialized approach may be needed. In my career as a Behavior Specialist and Clinical and School Psychologist, I have extensive experience developing Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) to address concerns that have proven to be unresponsive to typical management strategies in home, school, or program settings.
The Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) systematically identifies the factors that contribute to and help to maintain problematic habits, behaviors, and conduct. Through a process known as "functional analysis," the FBA reliably pinpoints causal or contributing variables by comparing "targeted behaviors" before and during treatment in a measurable way (i.e., in terms of frequency, intensity, and duration).
Because it is informed by the FBA, the design of the Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is scientific and data-driven. Based upon the information gathered by the ongoing assessment, the BIP spells out specific strategies for family, educators, or interdisciplinary team members to use in a clear, consistent, and predictable fashion. In addition, it can easily be modified and improved over time in response to the lessons learned from the data collected.