Functional communication training: A contemporary behavior analytic intervention for problem behaviors.

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V. Mark Durand

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January 2001

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April 2013




Problem behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, and tantrums can serve as major obstacles to even the most sophisticated intervention programs. Fortunately, there have been recent advances in our understanding of the nature of these behaviors, and as a result, new treatments for these behaviors have been developed. This article describes one such innovation—functional communication training, which involves teaching alternative communication to replace problem behavior. A great deal of research exists on the efficacy of this approach. This article reviews the literature outlining the conditions under which this intervention is successful and provides a comparison with other behavioral approaches to intervention. Functional communication training is an empirically validated approach to positive behavioral support for challenging behavior.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 16, 110-119. doi: 10.1177/108835760101600207. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.





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