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EDUC 624 F UNCTIONAL B EHAVIOR A SSESSMENT (FBA) I NTERVIEW S TUDENT S CENARIO Background Jill Smith is a 12-year-old girl in 5 th grade attending Washington Intermediate School. Jill has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Jill’s school is a full inclusion school; there are no pull-out or self-contained classrooms. All of the special education services and supports that Jill receives during the day are provided to her in the general education classroom. Jill participates in the classroom activities on a modified curriculum. Academically, she functions at a level much lower than her same age peers. Jill accesses the standard curriculum on approximately a kindergarten level. Jill has a part-time paraprofessional assigned to her to assist with transitions and personal needs. Jill also receives speech and language services in the classroom from an SLP 3 days a week for 30 minutes. Jill was diagnosed with ASD just after her 3 rd birthday. Jill is a healthy child but large for her age. She is 5’3 and weighs approximately 134 lbs. Parents report an uneventful pregnancy and a normal delivery. Jill’s mother reported that she was a colicky baby and cried frequently. She was also easily startled as a child. Yet, Jill met all of her developmental milestones on time until about 2 years old. Her mother reports that Jill always seems to be distant and appeared to be easily agitated. Her parents reported that she slowly stopped progressing, as if she hit a wall. Her hearing and vision are considered to be normal. Jill can communicate with short phrases such as “Jill, yes” or “Hi, Jill.” Although she has many phrases in her vocabulary, Jill prefers not to use much vocabulary. Jill is the youngest of three siblings. Her older sisters attend the local high school. While they report feeling embarrassed by their sister’s behavior in public, they both agree that their mother is doing all she can. Jill’s father is in the military and currently serving a 6-month deployment. The family anticipates his return in about 5 months. Jill’s face lights up when her father enters the room. He is very patient and tends to hold firmer boundaries than Jill’s mother. Jill’s mother works part-time during the day and one Saturday a month. She earned an AA degree in general studies at the local college. Her father earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the state college and entered the military full time just after graduation. He is currently serving as an officer in the Navy. There is no history of mental illness in the family.
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  • Fall '15
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