The functional behavior assessment (FBA) analyzes a consumer's behavior in a particular environment (such as, at a post-acute rehabilitation services facility) to determine what factors are causing problem behaviors. An FBA typically takes a minimum of four hours, and is limited to a maximum of eight hours.

The FBA report summarizes data collected and provides information to assist in the planning of comprehensive rehabilitation services, such as:

  • creating a detailed definition of the consumer's behavior that is causing an obstacle to rehabilitation;
  • summarizing data collected;
  • determining the cause for each problem behavior;
  • determining the environments to avoid;
  • making recommendations related to the consumer's disability; and
  • making recommendations for possible intervention.

Meet with the behavior analyst and consumer to discuss the FBA results and recommendations. If intervention is necessary, develop a behavior intervention plan.