To what extent should a person’s diagnosis (for example, autism or ADHD) be considered by a behavior analyst in assessing the cause of his or her behaviors that have been targeted for change?
– When is it appropriate to attribute a person’s diagnosed condition as the function of his or her behavior in an FBA?
– Why does the topography of the behavior reveal rather limited information about the conditions that account for the behavior of concern? Explain.
– Is it important to understand why a behavior occurs before planning how it can be changed? Explain your answer.