A Team Effort
A recommendation for a behavioral assessment is not automatic. While each child can benefit from behavioral supports, a functional behavioral assessment is an intensive, individualized, and time-consuming process. School staff must first meet to discuss the nature of the child’s behaviors and attempt to address the behaviors utilizing classroom management techniques and building level supports. If the child has an IEP, the CSE team can meet, review the behavioral concerns and determine the need for an FBA. If the child does not have an IEP, the building IST will meet and propose interventions. If ineffective at addressing the behavior, a functional behavior assessment recommendation is submitted to the Office of Special Education.