The following blog post was authored by Amanda Hughes and Kelly Rietschel , fellows of the 2016-2017 Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education at Kennedy Krieger Institute Teachers are often faced with a wide variety of behavioral challenges in the classroom. Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) are important tools to address behavioral needs. The purpose of an FBA is to collect data on why a problem behavior is occurring – otherwise known as the function of the behavior. Based on this data, the school team creates a BIP. The purpose of the BIP is to guide educators, related service providers, and school-based staff on how to support students in improving their behavior. Below you’ll find some common myths about functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans and how these tools are actually meant to be used. MYTH: “Kevin is clearly disruptive to get attention. I can write a BIP for him without c
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