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If a child or person has a diagnosis, it should not automatically be attributed to the challengingbehavior. For a functional analysis and plans to target the challenging behavior, it is helpful toknow if the child or person has a disability, so we can better determine the variables that triggeror maintain the behavior (Chandler and Dahlquist, 2015). It would be appropriate to attribute aperson’s condition to the function of their behavior if we understand what difficulties may beassociated with certain disabilities. For example, children with autism may have difficulties witha change in routine. If a child is engaging in aggression when there is a sudden change in theirroutine, the challenging behavior can be attributed to being associated with their diagnosis.The topography of a challenging behavior can provide limited information about the function ofthe behavior. A person may be engaging in a challenging behavior with a certain topography, an
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