A functional assessment is complete when 3 main outcomes have been achieved:
1. Observable and measurable, operationally-defined behaviors of concern
2. Identification of events and situations which predict when the target behavior will and will not occur.
3. Identification of what functions the behaviors appear to serve and replacement behaviors
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] is a United States federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. The IDEA addresses the educational needs of children with disabilities from birth thru age 21.
The IDEA became law in 1975, having most recently been amended in 2004. Under the guidelines set forth by IDEA 2004, "determining whether a child needs positive behavior interventions and supports is an individual determination that is made by each child's IEP team. Additionally, IDEA 2004 states, under 34 CFR 300.324(a)(2)(i), that "the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports must be considered in the case of a child whose behavior impedes his or her learning or that of others".
As each state has different expectations and interpretations of situations which warrant Functional Behavior Assessments, individuals are encouraged to research the rules and regulations specified by their states' Department of Education or other appropriate governing agency.
Reason for referral
Risk Assessment/Crisis plan
1. Alberto, P. C., Troutman, A. C. (1999). Applied behavior analysis for teachers (5th ed.). Columbus, OH: Merrill.
In order to practice behavior analysis in Hawaii, you MUST be licensed or overseen by a Licensed Behavior Analyst (Chapter 465D). Instructions are listed on the application and include two different options for verification of certification from the BACB / DCCA Website: Behavior Analyst licensing program. As your state ABAI chapter, we are committed to providing our members with information pertinent to our practice here in Hawai’i. If you are not already a member for 2019 and would like to support our work here please consider joining HABA, anyone with an interest can be a member!