Functional Behavior Assessment

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Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

A functional behavior assessment can be used when the intensity, duration, or type of interfering behavior creates safety concerns or impacts a child’s development.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about functional behavior assessment (FBA).
  • Applying FBA in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The FBA module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for FBA 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of FBA 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for FBA 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using FBA 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring FBA 25 minutes
Applying FBA 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2015). Functional Behavior Assessment. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

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