How to Conduct a Functional Assessment & Develop Behavior Plans to Reduce Problem Behavior - A Functional Analysis is an assessment by which the controlling environmental variables (functions) of behavior are identified. Once variables or functions are identified they can be manipulated to change behavior . After a Functional Analysis, interventions that are least restrictive, and have the best possibility of accelerating or decelerating a behavior can be implemented.
Matching Intervention to Function - I like the concept of this handy chart. I especially like those interventions listed that have been demonstrated to be effective through scientifically validated research.
Self injurious behaviors are, unfortunately, not unusual for kids with special needs. These behaviors could be anything from biting, hitting or even banging their head on the walls or furniture. Here are some tips to help you sort through why your child is displaying the behavior and how you can help them stop.