Clinical Field Experience A: Functional Behavior Most students who engage in chronic, challenging behaviors will require a functional behavior assessment.

Clinical Field Experience A: Functional Behavior Most students who engage in chronic, challenging behaviors will require a functional behavior assessment. This assessment can be conducted by a variety of trained school personnel, including school psychologists, board certified behavior analysts (BCBA), special education teachers, and school counselors. To learn more about functional behavior assessments, it is important to seek out these professionals to learn from them.

Arrange to shadow a certified special education teacher, school psychologist, school counselor, or a board certified behavior analyst in Grades 6-12 public or private school, focusing on how they conduct, analyze, and develop interventions based on students’ functional behavior assessments

As you shadow your mentor, complete the “Functional Behavior Observation Form” by making notes of what you observe and discuss. If any one of the sections does not apply in your observation, discuss the topic with your mentor to complete the table.

In addition, explain how you will use what you observed and discussed with your mentor teacher about functional behavioral assessments in your future professional practice. Clinical Field Experience A:

Functional Behavior Observation Form

Topic

Description

N

ote whether this topic was observed or discussed or both.

Observation Models

FBA tool used by mentor to observe and gather information about student behavior. Is there a specific process and/or form used?

Data Collection Methods
Methods used by mentor to gather data about student behavior and effect on learning.

Setting

Classroom, faculty office, front office, playground, etc. Describe settings of student observations in detail.

Student Behaviors

What observations of student behaviors did you notice? If no observable misbehavior or disruptive behavior was present, what positive behavior did you notice from students?

[NOTE: Preserve student confidentiality and do not use real names when describing students.]

Interventions

Used to affect behavior by making changes to antecedents (triggers), environment, consequences, etc.

Ethical and Professional Principles

How did/do staff and faculty interact with students and/or families in a compassionate manner and remain cognizant of confidentiality?

Reflection:

In 250-500 words, summarize and reflect on the shadowing experience. How will you use what you observed and discussed about functional behavior assessments in your future professional practice?

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