As information consumers surfing the internet, we often find ourselves inundated with programs and treatments that claim to be effective, even when there is no scientific evidence behind the claims. Evidence-based practices (EBPs) on the other hand, are interventions that have been shown to be effective based on the scientific literature. So far, the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) has identified 27 EBPs for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This month, OAR highlights four resources that can assist parents, educators, and professionals in implementing some of those EBPs in order to address challenging behaviors. FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT: IDENTIFYING THE REASONS FOR PROBLEM BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPING A BEHAVIOR PLAN Created for educators, this two-hour module “explores the basic principles of behavior and the importance of discovering the reasons that students engage in problem behavior.” Functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) can be used for variou
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