Advances in Trial-Based Functional Analysis of Challenging Behavior

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About the presentation:

Trial-based functional analysis is a model for systematically assessing the function of challenging behavior. The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of trial-based functional analysis and to present new empirical research on the use of trial-based functional analysis in classrooms for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify recent trends and issues related to trial-based functional analysis
  • Describe characteristics of a trial-based functional analysis
  • Describe results from a single trial based functional analysis condition indicating target behavior is likely maintained by that reinforcer

About the presenter:

Dr. Mandy Rispoli is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Purdue University, the Co-Director of the Purdue Autism Cluster, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level. Operating from a behavior analytic framework, Dr. Rispoli’s research explores: (a) improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and feasibility of functional behavior assessments and function-based interventions in educational settings, and (b) innovations in professional development for teachers of young children with autism and challenging behavior. Dr. Rispoli has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters concerning behavioral interventions for children with autism and developmental disabilities.