Identify the reasons that children engage in challenging behavior is a critical part of addressing and adjusting the behavior.

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read ABC: Antecedent, Behavior, ConsequenceLinks to an external site. and complete the IRIS module Functional Behavioral Assessment: Identifying the Reasons for Problem Behavior and Developing a Behavior PlanLinks to an external site.. Be sure to complete all five sections: Challenge, Initial Thoughts, Perspective & Resources, Wrap Up, and Assessment, and utilize the arrows located at the bottom of the module to ensure you are viewing all module content.

Identifying the reasons that children engage in challenging behavior is a critical part of addressing and adjusting the behavior. Once you can identify the trigger of the targeted behavior, you can begin to develop a behavioral plan to help reshape or eliminate the behavior. In this assignment, you will learn about a student named Joseph who exhibits a few challenging behaviors. You will complete your own A-B-C analysis on Joseph’s behavior and select a behavior to target. Once you have identified a target behavior, you will answer questions to develop a behavior plan for Joseph.

As you complete this worksheet, consider holding onto this resource for future classroom needs. Additionally, ABC worksheets serve as great tools to recommend for parents who are struggling with similar behaviors at home.

To begin, below is the outline of the assignment. Please use this as this is the actual format the instructor wants.

A-B-C Analysis of Target Behaviors:

A-B-C Observation Form

Student: Joseph Date:

Class/Teacher: Your name here

Instructional Activity: What are they doing?





Identify the target behavior:

Name and describe the behavior. (2-3 sentences)

Identify the trigger of the challenging behavior:

Name the situation.

(1-2 sentences)

Identify the consequences that seem to maintain the behavior:

List and explain

(2-3 sentences)

Identify the function this behavior serves for the child:

(2-3 sentences)

List the data collection methods that would offer the most information:

*Hint* These are listed in the module.

(Include as many as necessary)

Discuss one DIFFERENT replacement behavior for Joseph:

*hint* This must be different than what Ms. Rollison has included.

Name and discuss why you think this will work.

(2-3 sentences)

Identify the data collection method that will work for your replacement behavior:

Name and explain why you think this will work.

(2-3 sentences)

Explain why you think Joseph makes sarcastic, teasing comments during class (be sure to justify your response):

*Hint* Review the “Functions of Behavior” chart for Joseph (page 7 of the IRIS Module)

(2-3 sentences)

Explain whether or not you think the intervention that Ms. Rollison is using with Joseph is working:

*Hint* Review the charts on page 12 of the IRIS Module

(2-3 sentences)

Discuss what you think happened during Observation #6. Offer three possible explanations.

(3-5 sentences)

Discuss the most important thing Ms. Rollison has done to change Joseph’s behavior:

(3-5 sentences)

Would you involve Joseph’s parents? Why or why not?

2-3 sentences

Going forward, what is the one thing Ms. Rollison should do to encourage positive behavior from Joseph?

(3-5 sentences)

Who could Ms. Rollison ask for support in this situation?

Name and list

(1-2 sentences)

Do you think you would be able to handle Joseph’s behavior? Why or why not?

(3-5 sentences)


Use APA style to cite and reference at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook. Remember, you MUST include in-text citations throughout your paper to show your reader what information you used from these outside sources.


*In the final version of your assignment, be sure that you have removed all of the hints (green boxes) within the template.

In your paper,

  • Complete the A-B-C analysis section as it relates to Joseph’s behavior.
  • Answer each of the questions within the worksheet.

The A-B-C Analysis of Target Behaviors paper

  • Must be four to six double-spaced pages in length
  • Must utilize academic voice.
  • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
  • Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
    • The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible SourcesLinks to an external site. table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.

    Must document any information used from sources in APA style

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