Date of Graduation

Spring 2010


Master of Science in Education in Special Education


Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Linda Garrison-Kane


functional assessment, intervention, off-task, behavior, single subject

Subject Categories

Special Education and Teaching


This study employed three types of single subject design, ABAB withdrawal design, AB design, and multiple baseline design across participants to assess functional behavior assessment and analysis procedures for five participants exhibiting challenging behaviors within a public school classroom. The off-task behaviors for each participant were observed using 30-second partial interval recording for 30-minute sessions. In experiment one, direct observations, indirect assessments and experimental analysis were utilized to hypothesize function of behavior and develop interventions based on function with three participants utilizing an AB design and ABAB withdrawal design. In experiment two, direct observations and experimental analysis were assessed with a multiple baseline across two participants. Results from both experiments confirmed each method of functional behavior assessment were effective in identifying function and reducing problem behavior.


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