FAB Trigger & Coping Forms

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The FAB Trigger & Coping Forms are an assessment that can be included in occupational, physical, and speech/language therapy assessments to help students identify their most problematic triggers and most affective coping strategies. The FAB Trigger & Coping Forms are helpful in developing student’s awareness of their triggers for misbehavior, and used in developing affective coping strategies. Students are asked to identify three pictures from each page depicting their biggest environmental triggers, body triggers, and coping strategies for preventing misbehavior.

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The FAB Trigger & Coping Forms are particularly useful for motivating students with complex behavioral problems by building on their existing understanding of the triggers and coping strategies related to their problematic behavior. I have been using them as a component of my occupational therapy evaluation for the past fifteen years and found this assessment motivates students and improves their self-control. Students with complex behavioral challenges can be uncooperative during therapy assessments because they are skeptical that anything can help them. The FAB Trigger & Coping Forms enable therapists to introduce students to new, fun coping strategies at the beginning of the assessment, motivating them to participate in the assessment and therapy. It is made clear that everyone is an individual, and it is up to the student to choose the coping strategies they enjoy and find most useful.

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