Best Practices in Functional Assessment and Treatment Development for Individuals with Special Needs
Functional behavioral assessment is a process designed to identify the factors that maintain maladaptive behavior. A substantial body of literature has shown that these procedures, when used properly, make behavioral interventions both more effective and more efficient. Although these procedures are now federally mandated and expected practice in the field, no guidelines for implementation exist. The purpose of the current workshop is to provide practitioners with empirically-based procedures for determining the factors that contribute to problem behavior. Suggestions regarding informant methods, descriptive, and experimental methods of functional assessment will be discussed. In addition, strategies for linking assessment results to effective behavioral intervention, such as antecedent and consequence-based strategies, will be described.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the factors that maintain problem behavior
- List functional assessment procedures (indirect models, descriptive assessment, functional analysis)
- Select appropriate antedenct-based and consequence-based strategies
Robert LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Robert H. LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Clinical Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. He earned a dual doctorate in biological and school psychology from Louisiana State University in 2002. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a postdoctoral fellowship with the Marcus Institute at Emory University. He currently serves as the Director of Behavioral and Research Services at The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, where he supervises several doctoral students and staff providing behavioral consultation to programs within the Center. He has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, written several book chapters, and presented at national and international conferences. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of maladaptive behavior, staff and teacher training, and behavioral pharmacology.
Dr. LaRue does not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest for this program.
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