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Collecting Data on a Target Behavior

Behaviors exhibited by students are the result of a function, or a reason. In this assignment, you will explain the function of the target behavior you identified in Module 1. You also will collect data on the target behavior to understand its function.

  • Create a Word document for your response.
  • Use APA format to create a title page, references page, and in-text citations.
  • Write a three-page paper (not including the title and references pages), including an introduction and conclusion.
    • As an introduction, define the target behavior you identified in Module 1.
    • Identify the early childhood setting in which the observations and data collection will occur and the time frame over which data will be collected.
  • identify the person who will collect data on the target behavior.
  • Use a frequency table to record the behavior as it occurs. Create and complete the table provided below in the Word document.
  • Describe the function of the behavior, the antecedents and consequences of the behavior, and the time and settings in which the behavior is most likely to occur.
  • As a conclusion, form a hypothesis about the target behavior


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Functional Behavior Assessment Frequency Table

(Add more rows as needed)

Student (pseudonym) or Student Group:

Target Behavior:


Observation Dates:

Start Time

Stop Time


Frequency (Use Tally Marks)


Additional Comments or Observations

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