Using Functional Assessment to Develop Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom: Three Case Studies

This article presents three case studies of elementary students with learning disabilities whose behavior interfered with the quantity and quality of their classroom instruction. In each case, interventions involved teaching and reinforcing specific replacement behaviors that were identified through functional behavioral assessment.


Preventing School Failure from Heldref Publication


  • Cecelia DeSimone
  • Whitney Fowler
  • Terrance M. Scott
  • Elizabeth Webb

Prevention Levels

  • Secondary
  • Tertiary


  • Administrators
  • PBS Coaches
  • Specialists
  • Teachers

System Impacts

  • Classroom Level
  • Individual Student


  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Systems