The presence of problem behaviors or the lack of specific pro-social behaviors is a common concern for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These behaviors may include repetitive or self-injurious behaviors, difficulty with the acquisition of toilet training, self-feeding and other self-help skills.
As part of our treatment and evaluation services at Sunfield Center, we conduct functional behavior assessments (FBA) and consultation. An FBA is used to determine the underlying function or purpose of a behavior so that an effective intervention plan can be developed. Data collection is an important part of the FBA process. This includes gathering information regarding the frequency and intensity of the behavior, the context in which it occurs as well as antecedents and consequences associated with it. Recommendations are given based on the findings from the FBA. A plan is then developed and implemented, and subsequent data is collected to determine its effectiveness.