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Elopement Requires Action

Many parents and districts have children who may elope at one point or another. Sometimes, children with ADHD or autism, for example, will run out of a classroom. Running out of a classroom one time is one thing. Running out of a classroom on a consistent basis is another. When you receive reports about your child leaving a classroom (or eloping), request the school to conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment. Districts may be inclined to implement a behavioral intervention plan to try to prevent that behavior from occurring; however, a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) should be conducted first. The FBA consists of observational assessments and teacher interviews and will allow the district to determine the underlying reasons why the child may be running out of the classroom. The FBA will consider any triggering events before elopement happens and also look at any behaviors or consequences after it happens. The FBA will then enable the district to create a better behavioral intervention plan.