Quantification of FA data
The use of visual analysis and level can help determine function in situations where visual analysis does not work well. Further, the use of bounce can act as another check to determine function. On the SCC bounce demonstrates control of a behavior. If a behavior has tight bounce then we can assume that the behavior is controlled (Kubina & Yurich, 2012). Applying that principle to the FACC can help eliminate a possible maintaining function. If the bounce is variable then we can’t say that the behavior is coming into contact with the correct contingencies. The organism is looking for reinforcement and does not know how to obtain it.
Quantification is a powerful tool that can provide assistance when visual analysis is not enough. The ability to quantify can save time, increase confidence in decisions, and minimize exposure to reinforcing contingencies. The FACC can pair with variations of FA. Pairing a proven assessment and the power of quantification has the potential to help our learners decrease their challenging behaviors and teach a replacement behavior that will allow them to access the same reinforcement.
About the Author
Sal Ruiz, BCBA, Doctoral Candidate, The Pennsylvania State University.
Sal Ruiz is a third year PhD. Candidate in the College of Special
Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Research interests include Functional Analysis, The Standard Celeration Chart, and Challenging Behavior. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Sal was a Behavior Specialist in a public school in Northern New Jersey. He obtained his BCBA credential in August 2013 and is currently supervising those pursuing certification. Visit Sal on LinkedIn.
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