Family involvement in functional assessment and positive behavior support


Dunlap, G., Newton, J. S., Fox, L., Benito, N., & Vaughn, B. (2001). Family Involvement in Functional Assessment and Positive Behavior Support. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 16(4), 215-221

Discussion of family involvement in functional assessment (FA) with individuals who have autism or related disabilities first provides a rationale for family involvement, then reviews the literature and offers guidelines including: recognize, respect, and accommodate families' individuality; create a context for family centered participation; take a comprehensive perspective; and develop and maintain a team partnership.


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  • Nila Benito
  • Glen Dunlap
  • Lise Fox
  • Stephen J. Newton
  • Bobbie Vaughn

Prevention Level

  • Tertiary


  • PBS Coaches
  • Specialists
  • Teachers

System Impact

  • Individual Student


  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Elementary School
  • Mental Health