Request a Functional Behavior Analysis

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When should you request a Functional Behavior Analysis and a Behavioral Support Plan?

If your child has been consistently struggling with behavior in school and that behavior interferes with their academic or social progress, you should consider requesting a functional behavior analysis (FBA) that will help develop a behavior support plan (BSP). An FBA is appropriate for any student struggling with behavioral issues, not just for students who already receive special education services or who have been diagnosed with a particular disability.

Your formatted letter will look something like this:

Today’s Date (include month, day, and year)

Your Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Daytime telephone number

Name of Principal or Special Education Administrator
Name of School
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear (person’s name),

I am worried that (child’s name)’s behavior is interfering with her ability to learn and to reach his/her IEP goals. (Child’s name) is in the ( _ ) grade at (name of school). (Teacher’s name) is his/her teacher.

Please consider this letter my formal request for and consent to provide my son/daughter, (child’s name), with a functional behavior assessment as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). I understand that a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will make the assessment and review it with a positive behavior support team to develop an appropriate behavior intervention plan. I expect to be included in the assessment and to participate in the development of the behavior intervention plan. Please provide me of copies of all FBA results when they are available to you.


Your name

cc: your child’s principal (if letter is addressed to an administrator)
your child’s teacher(s)

Letter information generously created and placed in the public domain by: Center for Parent Information and Resources (4/5/2018). Requesting an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Services, Newark, NJ.