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Behavior Assessments and Evaluations

First Children Services provides behavioral assessments for children throughout New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Children can engage in a variety of behaviors that can impede their ability to learn, grow and socialize. Many children require a behavioral assessment to understanding the function (purpose) of their behaviors.

First Children staff can deliver the following behavioral assessments:

  • Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
  • Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VBMAPP)
  • Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS)
  • Assessment of Functioning Living Skills (AFLS)
  • Social Skills Assessments

When maladaptive behaviors are observed, a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) should be completed. An FBA contains several steps including:

  • An interview with teachers/aides or parents
  • Record reviews
  • Directly observing the child
  • Identifying and defining behaviors
  • Collecting data (frequency, duration, and ABC)
  • Analyzing data
  • Creating a hypothesis to the function of the maladaptive behaviors
  • Implementing an individualized behavior intervention plan (BIP)

A common misconception is that a Functional Behavior Assessment is an intervention, when it is actually a process or tool for understanding the function (purpose) of behavior. The results of an FBA will assist in creating an effective behavioral intervention plan (BIP).