A revolutionary approach to the FBA
You cannot understand the behavior if you do not consider the underlying needs!
FBA to Z: Functional Behavior and Intervention Plans for Individuals With ASD presents an approach to conducting functional behavior assessments that is more holistic than the traditional FBA and considers not just the surface patterns but also the underlying needs related to autism. This revolutionary approach to the FBA highlights the need to understand an individual’s unique needs and strengths. Using a case study throughout the book, the authors address the characteristics of individuals with ASD within the FBA, ultimately resulting in the development of comprehensive, meaningful, and effective interventions, based on the specific needs of the learner.
About the Authors:
Ruth Aspy, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in transdisciplinary assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She is co-author of a comprehensive model of intervention, The Ziggurat Model, which earned the Literary Achievement Award from the Autism Society of America. Dr. Aspy speaks nationally and internationally. She has provided training and consultation throughout the United States and internationally in countries including Greece, Australia, Canada, Trinidad, Spain, Turkey, and Japan. Her focus is on understanding underlying strengths and characteristics of those with ASD and designing supports and strategies with their neurological/brain differences in mind. Dr. Aspy has co-authored other works including: Excelling with Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice; and Talk With Me; High Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments.
Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America's Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. Brenda has made over 1500 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee; and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE) and ASTEP Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world. Shawn A. Henry, MS, is executive director at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), where he concentrates on developing statewide change to promote advances in the training of professionals serving students with autism and providing supports for families. He was previously the program director of training and evaluation at the Kentucky Autism Training Center, University of Louisville (KATC), where he coordinated targeted professional development throughout the state.
Shawn A. Henry, MS, is the executive director at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), where he concentrates on developing statewide change to promote advances in the training of professionals serving students with autism and providing supports for families. He was previously the program director of training and evaluation at the Kentucky Autism Training Center, University of Louisville (KATC), where he coordinated targeted professional development throughout the state.
Barry G. Grossman, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and author. He specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Grossman, along with Dr. Aspy, wrote The Ziggurat Model — a book on designing interventions for students with high-functioning autism. He and his co-author present on this model nationally. The Ziggurat Model has been adopted at the district-wide and state-wide levels.