Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

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Britt Henderson Training Series, 2010-2011: Functional Assessment

Date: September 08, 2010

Time: 5:00PM to 7:00PM

Location: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, MRL 241

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Function-based interventions refer to highly individualized interventions that are constructed based on why problem behaviors occur rather than how problem behaviors look (Umbreit, Ferro, Liaupsin, & Lane, 2007). Function-based interventions are designed to hypothesize the purpose the problem behavior may serve for the individual, and provide more appropriate, yet equally effective, replacement behaviors and contingent reinforcement for the student. Functional assessment is a useful strategy to support students with a range of behavioral challenges (e.g., noncompliance, disruption, poor work completion, and low academic engagement) by using assessment results (e.g., direct observation, behavior checklists, structured interviews) to design interventions that are most likely to be effective (e.g., Kern, Hilt, & Gresham, 2004; Lane, Kalberg, & Shepcaro, 2009; Lane, Umbreit, & Beebe-Frankenberger, 1999). In this session, we provide an overview of the functional assessment process, supporting research for its use, the efficacy of function-based interventions with different populations. We also provide one systematic approach to conducting functional assessments, and subsequently designing and implementing function-based interventions to address academic and behavior issues with individual students in your classroom (Umbreit, Ferro, Liaupsin, & Lane, 2007). A detailed explanation of how to get started in your classroom will be provided. *Please bring a school-site team or one other member of your faculty.

For more information, contact Mary Crnobori at (615) 343-0706.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

  • Henderson Training Series for Educators
    This annual series of workshops provides training for general and special education teachers, with the goal of improving the quality of education for students with diverse learning needs in inclusive settings.

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