n. first and foremost, a record of behavior from one day to the next. This gives the observer an idea on how often it happens and what causes it. Clinically, observations may be documented through checklists, charts, scales, and all forms of media. At home, they can be recorded informally by means of a journal.

BEHAVIOR OBSERVATION: "In order to see if there is a pattern to a child's misbehavior, a parent can start through behavior observation at home."