The website is primarily designed for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who are interested in developing function-based treatments for the children and adults they serve who engage in problem behavior. We also hope to make the website accessible to parents, teachers, and other helping professionals who may have questions about the safety and utility of functional analysis procedures.
This website is dedicated to disseminating a practical means of determining the contexts and outcomes responsible for problem behaviors like self-injurious behavior and aggression often associated with autism or intellectual disabilities. The process is generally referred to as a functional assessment. The specific functional assessment process that will be the focus of this website relies on open-ended interviewing and a subsequent functional analysis referred to as an interview-informed, synthesized contingency analysis or IISCA.
Peer-reviewed research has shown IISCAs to be a quick, safe, and reliable means to understand enough about why problem behavior is occurring to design individualized treatments capable of eliminating problem behavior while promoting essential skills such as functional communication, delay and denial toleration, and compliance with reasonable instructions from adults.
This website will be built over the next few months to include stories and videos posted by behavior analysts who have implemented IISCAs and the lessons learned from their experiences. We will also include blog posts with tips for conducting safe and efficient functional analyses, relevant documents such as interview forms, and links to peer-reviewed research as each becomes available.
Content written, edited, and managed by:
Special thanks to Nick Vanselow, Ph.D., BCBA-D for his initial and continued technical support.
*Content has been and will continue to be developed through research and my interactions with students, colleagues, practitioners, and children and their families.