If you have worked with a BCBA in the past, it is likely that you have heard the term FUNCTIONS OF BEHAVIOR.
BCBAs look at functions in order to determine WHY specific behaviors are occurring. Then they develop a document called a Behavior Support Plan or BSP. It contains the definitions of challenging behavior, antecedent strategies, replacement behaviors, and consequence procedures.
The four functions of behavior are: sensory stimulation, escape, access to attention and access to tangibles. One easy way to remember the functions is through the acronym SEAT.
When challenging behavior occurs, BCBAs will look at what happens immediately before and after that behavior. Otherwise known as, ABC data collection.
In the ABC model of data collection, each letter stands for a specific part of the process: A=antecedent, B=behavior, and C=consequence
There are many types of ABC data collection forms. However, some require long written responses. Therefore, I have created an easy-to-use data sheet with checkboxes for the behaviors and actions in each category.
You can access a PDF download of this infographic, as well as a free ABC Data Sheet, by visiting the resource library tab on my website.