Use of Functional Assessment to Address the Fainting of an Adolescent Boy With Traumatic Brain Injury

Trevor was a 15-year-old ninth grader with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurological impairment. His TBI occurred during surgery to remove a brain tumor when he was 7 years old. Since then, his behavior had become increasingly aggressive. At school, he was fainting and sleeping in hallways for significant amounts of time. He attacked food carts in the lunchroom, stole food, and ate it before anyone could intervene. If someone did intervene, he would hit or push that person away. When teachers talked to Trevor about his behavior, he would yell, hit his head off of walls and objects, throw his glasses, and faint. At home, his parents reported that Trevor threatened to injure himself with household items (e.g., knives) and would run out of the house into neighboring yards or the street. 

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