Interviews are an excellent place to start gathering information for an FBA. Teachers and other school staff, parents or family members, and the student can provide meaningful information about when and why the behavior occurs.
A teacher interview is often the first component of an FBA. This information formulates a preliminary ABC pathway or 'hypothesis,' to which other assessment components can be compared.
Parents are a wealth of valuable information about their children! They can often provide insights about behaviors across multiple settings, developmental and medical histories, and cultural, racial, or linguistic variables that may affect the behavior. Incorporating parent voice is critical to making sure we are selecting culturally-relevant intervention strategies.
The student voice is a critical piece of the assessment process. Students often have surprising insights into their own behaviors when we create a safe opportunity for them to share. Modify the method of interview and the language used based on the student's age and skills. Even more impacted students may be able to participate through visual supports or structured choice assessments.
There are many research-based FBA interview forms. You will find a small selection on this site, but you may chose to use another research-based FBA interview form.