Recent Advancements in Functional Assessment Technologies

Recent Advancements in Functional Assessment Technologies 

Many early behaviorists were concerned about the side effects of punishment to address aberrant behavior. As a result, researchers sought to address the cause or “function” of behavior. This led to the identification of practices associated with functional assessment. Functional assessment is a widely used approach for identifying variables that play a role in the display of certain behaviors. This course will identify some recent refinements of functional assessment and current research.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


This course is designed to meet CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.
CEU Type: Learning

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-RAFAT
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Define why functional assessment research remains critical for ABA practice.
Describe research on functional assessment used in schools.
Compare various applications of standard functional analysis.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: An Essential Tool for ABA Practice

The Critical Nature of Deriving Functional Relationships

How Functional Assessment Works

Brief Review of Functional Assessment Strategies

More Recent Research



Section 3: Functional Assessment in Schools

Functional Assessment Research in Schools

Evidence-based Practice or Legislative Mandate?

Single Case Design Studies in Schools

Feasible Best Practice



Section 4: The Most Valid Yet Underused Strategy

Efficacy of Functional Analysis

Perceived Barriers

Trial-Based Functional Analysis

Latency-Based Functional Analysis

Interview-Informed Synthesized Contingency Analysis (IISCA)

Identifying Precursor Behaviors



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributors



Exam and BrainSparks

Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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