Using Functional Analysis to Assess Alertness and Seizures in a 24-year-old Woman with Intellectual Disabilities: A Case Report

Kanae Oikawa, Mark M. Derby, T. F. McLaughlin, Wayne W. Fisher

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The purpose of this study was assess environmental variables associated with pseudo-siezures displayed by a 24-year-old woman with intellectual disabilities. A modified brief functional analysis was conducted over 5 days to determine the environmental correlates of the participant's seizures. An alertness analysis was conducted to evaluate the participant's awareness during pseudo seizure episodes. Results suggested that the episodes occurred across all session; thus the participant's behavior was not maintained by social consequences. Results of an alertness analysis indicated that the participant did not have any control over her pseudo-seizure behavior. This suggests that actual seizure activity was present in the participant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-438
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011



  • Adult
  • Alertness analysis
  • Brief functional behavioral assessment
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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