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Functional Behavioral Assessments in Pennsylvania

Functional Behavioral Assessments in Pennsylvania

If you are a parent in Pennsylvania who believes your child should be receiving special education services, it is important that you understand what needs to be done in order to get the help your child needs. Your child will have to be evaluated to determine whether services are necessary and if they are, which ones would be best suited for their situation. A Functional Behavioral Assessment is an essential part of the evaluation process.

There are a number of different reasons that the laws of the state of Pennsylvania may require a Functional Behavioral Assessment. Some of these situations may include the following:

  • You, as a parent, feel that your child’s behaviors may be related to a disability
  • Your child’s behavior violates the code of conduct at school and that this behavior may be related to a disability
  • The team creating your child’s Individualized Education Plan has determined that your child’s behavior is hindering their own learning or the learning of other students

The Functional Behavioral Assessment process is complex because there are a number of different ways that gathering data can be conducted. The process by which a Functional Behavioral Assessment is conducted includes the following steps:

  1. The school team will assess the behavior that was concerning them about your child. Typically, the IEP team will conduct an interview with the professionals that observed the behavior of your child. Once the interview is completed, the IEP team will observe your child in his or her natural environment.
  2. The team will be tasked with determining what setting results in a greater chance of the child’s concerning behavior taking place.
  3. The team will also have to identify certain events that may trigger the concerning behavior.
  4. Finally, the team will be responsible for identifying the consequences that maintain the concerning behavior.

If you have questions about a Functional Behavioral Assessment in Pennsylvania, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.

Anderson, Converse & Fennick is an experienced law firm in York County, Pennsylvania focusing on Education Law, Family Law, Estate Planning, and Civil Litigation matters. If you need a knowledgeable attorney that will effectively represent your interests, contact Anderson, Converse & Fennick today.

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