A Page for Parents

A new parent-friendly page has been added to this website. It is viewable in the menu bar above and provides a brief overview of the practical functional assessment and treatment process and video-based presentations describing the process through case examples. This page also provides links to websites that may allow parents to locate professionals in…

Why do an analysis if the interview results are clear?

If the interview usually leads to differentiated functional analyses, why not simply conduct the interview and forgo the analysis? There are three reasons to conduct the analysis even when the interview provides fairly straightforward information regarding the specific reinforcement contingencies likely controlling problem behavior. Although the interview may help you discover the specific reinforcement contingencies…

Why synthesize contingencies in a functional analysis?

For years, most people conducting functional analyses have been careful to isolate tests of negative and positive reinforcement in functional analyses. Why then is a social negative reinforcement contingency often combined with a social positive reinforcement contingency in an IISCA? There are several reasons why social negative and social positive reinforcement contingencies are synthesized into…

Why call this type of functional analysis an IISCA?

It is apparent from this website that a practical functional assessment includes an open-ended interview with parents or teachers followed by an analysis personalized from the interview. The analysis is referred to as an IISCA. Why this particular name? IISCA stands for interview-informed synthesized contingency analysis and the somewhat cumbersome acronym IISCA is used because…

Functional Assessment — Conceptual Q&A

It is apparent from this website that a practical functional assessment includes an open-ended interview with parents or teachers followed by an analysis personalized from the interview. The analysis is referred to as an IISCA. Why this particular name? For years, most people conducting functional analyses have been careful to isolate tests of negative and…

Functional Assessment – Practical Q&A

What is the best way to navigate the website to learn how to do a practical functional assessment? What are tips for increasing the odds of a successful interview (i.e., one that allows for the design of an effective analysis)? Why should I do a brief observation prior to the analysis, and what should I do…

In Their Own Words

Laura Hanratty, M.A., BCBA, has been applying the practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment process in an outpatient clinic and homes since 2012. In this vignette, Laura describes the process in the context of helping a family with twin boys newly diagnosed with autism.