WTF – What’s the Function?

Filmed at Setting the Stage for Success: Positive Behavior Support in School, Home and Community – October 19, 2018

Part of a video learning stream on Positive Behavior Support.

Problem behaviors are one of the greatest barriers to student learning and is a significant problem for school staff and parents alike. Understanding why they occur is critical to developing preventative and educative solutions in-order-to benefit students and those who support them. These videos will dispel myths about why students engage in problem behaviors and teach participants about the four functions of behavior.

Richard Stock, PhD, BCBA-D , Capilano University

Richard Stock, PhD, BCBA-D is a full-time faculty member in the Applied Behavior Analysis – Autism Department at Capilano University.  He has provided  behavioral/educational consultative services to children and youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities in home, school and community settings since 1999.

Dr. Stock teachers courses in Ethics, Behavior Principles, Clinical Applications of ABA, Instructional Methods, and the Conceptual Analysis of Behavior. In addition to his work at Capilano University, he also teaches graduate courses in ABA as an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Adjunct Faculty at UBC. 



Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Breaking the Cycle of Problem Behavior

Part 3: Problem Behavior in the Past

Part 4: Potential Negative Effects of Punishment

Part 5: Functions of Behavior

Part 6: Name That Function! – Identifying the function of problem behavior

Part 7: Conclusion and Q&A