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The Process of Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

Step Three: Functional Behavioral Assessment

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Behavior Rating Scales and Other Tools

In addition to direct observations, interviews, and records reviews (e.g., school and/or medical records, lesson plans, individualized education plans), behavior rating scales and other types of checklists offer an additional means of obtaining information about the context in which a child engages in challenging behavior. Broad in variety, behavior rating scales are questionnaires typically used to describe a specific set of behaviors (e.g., inattention, hyperactivity, social skills). Other rating scales are used to measure a child’s preferences, developmental milestones, academic performance/benchmarks, or medication side effects.

Although behavior rating scales have many uses, they are most effective when used to compare the perceptions of people, such as parents, teachers, and other persons familiar with an individual child. Another effective use of behavior rating scales is to demonstrate progress toward goals (e.g., administering the same rating scale before and after an intervention is conducted). When used in either fashion, behavior rating scales provide a unique source of information that is potentially valuable to a team.

Preference Assessment form

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