Online Course: Using Positive Behavior Supports to Promote the Functional Behavior Assessment Process


This course will include the process of conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment, developing and implementing a Behavior Intervention Plan, and strategies for intervening when interfering behavior occurs. Students with ASD often present behaviors that interfere with learning in the educational setting. It is necessary to understand how and why interfering behaviors develop and to have knowledge of evidence based interventions designed to support positive behavior change. This course is designed to provide educators and family members with skills and knowledge needed to support students with ASD in the educational setting. Participants will learn information regarding the impact core deficits of ASD have on the person and how they may lead to interfering behavior. The information provided in this course will help the participant understand behavior and identify how behavior develops over time and the purpose it serves for the student. Participants will also gain knowledge of how to address interfering behavior using a positive approach. This positive approach focuses on ensuring student dignity and enhancing quality of life through the development of new skills and reduction of problem behaviors.

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Learning Objectives: (This course is estimated to require 30 contact hours to complete.)

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss what it means to promote the dignity and respect for students with ASD.
  2. Describe the ethical and legal requirements of the educator regarding addressing interfering behavior.
  3. Describe the behavior chain.
  4. Understand the importance of antecedent based interventions and how they proactively address positive behavior.
  5. Describe a systematic approach to intervention.
  6. Describe behavioral supports that can be applied in a proactive manner in the environment.
  7. Describe how to determine the function of behavior.
  8. Describe types of data collection critical for measuring interfering behavior and determining the function of behavior.
  9. Identify the functions of interfering behavior.
  10. Describe the components of a Behavior Intervention Plan and the relationship it has to the Functional Behavior Assessment.
  11. Describe universal strategies designed to prevent interfering behaviors by providing an appropriate environment, instruction and social setting.
  12. Define and describe antecedent based interventions.
  13. Define and describe consequences including reinforcement of behavior.
  14. Describe how to determine and teach replacement/alternative behaviors.
  15. Describe how to respond when interfering behavior occurs.


3/20/2017 - 5/1/2017


Taryn Goodwin


Autism Spectrum Disorder Behavior Challenging Behavior Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Professional Development Professional Resources