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Functional Assessments

Children throw tantrums and exhibit challenging behaviors at all ages and all levels of ability, but if you're concerned about your child's behavior or wonder if he or she could benefit from therapy or medication, a functional behavior assessment can help you find the right treatment or ways to approach difficult behavioral situations.

A functional behavior assessment is the first step in coming up with a behavioral support program that works for your child and your family. It is a tool for helping you, your family and the professionals to assess the causes of common behavior problems and then to work towards creating a treatment plan supports the needs of your child.

Common worrying behaviors can include:


  • * Self injury
  • * Hitting
  • * Biting
  • * Anger Outbursts
  • * School Refusal
  • * Disruptive behaviors

Some of these behaviors may be part of your child's specific developmental disability diagnosis, or environmental factors, or just part of a bad day. A functional assessment will help you, your family and your support team determine next steps and find any help you might need.

How Functional Assessment is carried out?


The assessment involves direct observations of the child, interviews with parents and other key members of your child's support team and family, and a review of your child's records.

Benefits of Functional Assessment


A functional behavior assessment can help you discover what to do next and relieve some of the stress of raising a child with a disability. Conducting the assessment does not mean that your child has serious behavioral problems, or that these problems are directly related to his or her disability. But if there is concern about behaviors, the assessment team will advise you on your next steps, which can include behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy or medications as options for treatment.