Getting started is sometimes the hardest part of any project, and writing a behavior intervention plan often feels like a project, especially in the beginning. This tool takes you step-by-step through completing a functional behavior assessment (FBA) and selecting function-based interventions.

A study conducted by Tarbox, et al. (2013) found that professionals who used a web-based tool for creating behavior intervention plans produced a significantly higher rate of including function-based interventions. The BCBA Personal Assistant is your guide for efficiently creating effective behavior plans!

Meet Your Personal Assistants

We have assembled a team of experts to help you on your journey. Let’s meet the squad!

Hannah is a BCBA with more than 10 years experience. She loves working with the clients and their families and specializes in knowing exactly what each child needs to work on.

Bruce has been working as a BCBA for almost 15 years and is a data junkie. He can’t get enough of data and graphs, which might be why he’s still single.

Sally was on the fast track and has been a BCBA since she was 25 – 9 years ago! She is all about creating the best documents to get meaningful results – and insurance payments.

They will be with you every step of the way, and if you need more help just post your questions to our Facebook group.

Follow the Steps

The BCBA Personal Assistant will walk you through every step of the process. You will begin by:

  • Choosing a behavior
  • Defining target behaviors
  • Collecting SABC data
  • Collecting scatterplot data

The tool allows you to compile and analyze the data you collect to identify the most likely function maintaining the target behaviors. Once you create a hypothesis about the function of each target behavior, the tool allows you to use that function to select appropriate interventions to address:

  • Antecedents
  • Skill development
  • Consequences

To fully develop your plan, collect the following information:

  • Baseline data
  • Data from a preference assessment
  • Your agency’s policies for crisis procedures

This tool helps you efficiently create effective behavior intervention plans unique to your client.

Learn the Laws in Your State

Before writing your behavior plan, you must first learn and understand the applicable laws in your state. Many states have laws that address the use of punishment, restraint and seclusion. While the BACB emphasizes the importance of positive interventions prior to the introduction of aversive procedures, the laws in your state take priority over this issue. Many states have a Disabilities Rights Commission that reviews BIPs that include aversive procedures. Know when this is a required step in your process. Do not plan to implement your BIP immediately if it includes components that need review by the Commission.

Programming for Skill Development

As a BCBA, selecting and documenting appropriate programming can be one of the most time-consuming parts of the job. After completing your assessment, you must:

  • Choose programs at the correct skill level
  • Define the program and goal for staff implementation
  • Select targets
  • Justify the program to the payor

We offer programs from the following assessments:

  • AFLS
  • Social Skills Solutions
  • Other

The programs are broken down into the following general categories:

  • Communication
  • Attending
  • Play
  • Social skills
  • Group skills
  • Life skills
  • Academic skills
  • Parent training
  • Behavior reduction goals
  • Amelia is a BCBA working with children and young adults with autism. She has been working in the field since 2009 and has worked in a variety of settings including homes, schools, the community and clinics. She previously taught young children in a variety of settings including Head Start. She has a passion for helping children and families reach their full potential.

References and Related Resources

Tarbox, J., Najdowski, A. C., Bergstrom, R., Wilke, A., Bishop, M., Kenzer, A., & Dixon, D. (2013). Randomized evaluation of a web-based tool for designing function-based behavioral intervention plansResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders7(12), 1509-1517.