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Ep. 19: How to Verify Your FBA Hypotheses with Behavior Tracking

Behavior Support | December 22, 2019

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In This Episode on Behavior Tracking and Its Impact

  • The implementation of the behavior support plan as a method to verify your FBA data
  • Learn methods for tracking the behavior once the plan is implemented that will fit into the classroom
  • Choosing the right type of behavior tracking to answer your questions about behavior progress
  • How to integrate implementation checks to assure the plan is implemented with fidelity into the classroom
  • If the behavior isn’t improving, how do you determine if it’s the implementation or FBA.
  • What to do if the behavior is not improving and the plan is being implemented.

Have you ever put a behavior plan in place and thought it was working? Your staff felt good about it and everyone agreed it was improving. But when you looked at your behavior tracking, you realized the behavior was the same? How could that be?

I’ve seen this happen many times in the past. It happens, many times I believe, because once we put the plan in place, we know how we are going to handle the situation. And because of we now have a plan, we are less stressed about the behavior. So it doesn’t stand out to us as much.

So, when this happens, what might be the issue? Well it could be that we aren’t implementing the plan as well as we could. And we know that if it’s not implemented with fidelity, it is unlikely to be effective.

Or it could be that our behavior tracking system isn’t capturing what is really going on with the behavior. For instance, we could be having shorter bursts of behavior that are happening at the same frequency. Or we could have behaviors happening at the same frequency and duration, but they aren’t as severe. Perhaps we haven’t chosen the right behavior tracking tool for the job.

Or finally, the issue might be that our underlying hypotheses of the behavior are wrong. Implementing the behavior plan and tracking the behavior are what serve as the “verify” phase of the FBA in a naturalistic assessment that we’ve been talking about. So, if our behavior isn’t improving, perhaps there is a problem with our best guesses about its function.

So when do you know that you need to look at the implementation or the behavior tracking, or go back to the drawing board with the FBA? That’s the focus of Episode 19 of the podcast, our final episode in the series of 10 Meaningful Steps to Effective Behavior Support.

if we aren’t taking data that we can actually compare to our data from before the FBA or during the FBA, then we may think that a behavior is improving only to find out that it isn’t.

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