Functional Behavioral Assessment

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Data Collection Teachers write down their observations in a notebook after the class is over, they write down which students are showing some behavior problems that might need an intervention, they can classify these records according to the nature of the function they belong too (attention, avoidance, escape, etc). This record is actualized every day so the evolution of individual cases can be followed and later it can be presented to the parents or behavior specialist. Another way to collect data in an indirect way is though the reports of other students that feel that the behavior of a particular student (or group of students) is limiting or threatening the free flow of the academic activities or the peaceful development of recreation activities. These indirect reports need to be written down. Another way to collect data is to talk to the parents of the students when they arrive to pick up their kids or in the school meeting for parents, then the teacher can inquire if the student is also showing behavioral problems at home or if the problems only occur in the academic context. Collecting and reviewing data before implementing specific interventions is extremely important because it prevents overreactions and personal bias of the teacher. An intervention needs to be grounded on enough evidence that there is a behavioral problem and that it is not a singularity. Then the teacher can use the records to support his intervention. Common Behaviors in Young Children Three of the most common behaviors in young children that the teacher might consider for modification or replacement include: Talking to friends or doing activities when the teacher is asking to pay attention. The student neglects this request for attention and directs his actions towards other activities that he knows will be observed by the teacher, this is a form of requesting attention
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