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Journal Article

An Example of an Elementary School Paraprofessional-Implemented Functional Analysis and Intervention

Kimberly K. Bessette and Howard P. Wills
Behavioral Disorders
Vol. 32, No. 3, Special Issue on Functional Behavioral Assessment (May 2007), pp. 192-210
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23890600
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act mandates the performance of functional assessment for students with severe behavior problems. A functional analysis can be one part of this process but its use has been minimal. This study evaluates whether a paraprofessional could (a) be trained to correctly perform 3 conditions of a functional analysis with a student with severe behavior problems, and (b) be trained to correctly implement a function-based intervention. Procedures included an interview and descriptive assessment; training on performing a functional analysis; a functional analysis; a second descriptive assessment; and a function-based intervention. The results indicate it is possible to train a paraprofessional to accurately perform 3 conditions of a functional analysis, and then correctly implement a function-based intervention.

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