Student replies- FBA summary

. After you have submitted your primary post, review the primary posts of your classmates and respond specifically and substantially (no less than 100 words) to at least two other students.


Steege, M. W., & Watson, T. S. (2009). Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments, 2nd Edition. Retrieved from…

Student one

John Twomey posted Jun 19, 2018 1:39 PM

Hello Everyone,

I would say that the BAPS is very important to the FBA summary, because this tool is inclusive in what it includes and covers. The BAPS is a model that is a great way to summarize all the findings and present them in a coherent manner that makes for easy understanding of the findings and how they were concluded (Steege & Watson, 2009). This model is not an assessment but is the summary of all the information that is gathered and is put together in such a way as to make everything apparent and clear. This does not just affect a single part of the summary but covers almost everything in the summary from the definition of the behavior, identifying the antecedents, any MOs that might be present, the behavior itself, and the consequences.

The BAPS is an organizing tool that helps to bring everything together and show the steps that lead to the various conclusions that are made. This helps to support the ideas presented and shows the logical progression of conclusions. Once the information has been gathered, it must be collected and organized and presented. This model does that. Having all the data and information that are necessary is important, but if that is not presented in a way that makes shows how the conclusions are determined, it will tend to limit the effectiveness of what people will do. If things are not presented clearly and organized, people tend to not believe them and will most likely dismiss the results.

Having gone through all the hard work of gathering the data and the interviews and such would be such a loss if those who need to implement the findings do not clearly see and follow the reasoning that is being presented. If they do not understand or follow the conclusions, they are less likely to believe in the findings, and so will most likely only half-heartedly use the suggested modifications, if they use them at all.


Steege, M. W., & Watson, T. S. (2009). Conducting school-based functional behavioral assessments: A practitioner’s guide (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Student 2

Jesenia Velazquez posted Jun 19, 2018 6:38 PM


All aspects of a Functional Behavioral Analysis summary are important. However, I feel as if the identification of the interfering behaviors is one of the components of an FBA that is absolutely necessary. From my understanding, an FBA report is a collection of data that is used to help determine the best treatment plan for the client. Identifying the interfering behaviors is important because it helps to determine what the antecedents and reinforcing consequences may be. It also helps to develop a operational definition so that all who are involved know what kind of behaviors they are looking for. In turn, this helps to develop a treatment plan that best fits the client. If the wrong behaviors are identified, they may worsen, or others could develop as well. The treatment plan may prove to be more harmful than good.

The specific section of an FBA that is impacted by identifying the interfering behaviors is the Direct Descriptive Functional Behavioral Assessment. “One of the primary advantages of direct observation of target behaviors and related conditions/events within the natural environment is that school practitioners and educational teams can use the data to construct applied interventions that are clearly indicated by the observational data.” (Steege & Watson, 2009).A Direct Descriptive FBA directly deals with observing the interfering behaviors. By observing the behavior, a general operational definition is able to be developed, as well as helping to determine which behavior-recording procedure is the most useful to implement. Once one is able to identify the problem behavior steps are taken in order to help modify or lessen the occurrence of the behaviors. I feel as if a lot of the treatment plan that is implemented falls down to the identification of the interfering behaviors that the client may be exhibiting. As stated previously, all components of an FBA are important because they build off of one another, but the correct identification of the problem behaviors is one of the most important steps.


Steege, M. W., & Watson, T. S. (2009). Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments, 2nd Edition. Retrieved from…