ERIC Number: EJ1035550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
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Functional Communication Training in Rett Syndrome: A Preliminary Study
Byiers, Breanne J.; Dimian, Adele; Symons, Frank J.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v119 n4 p340-350 Jul 2014
Rett syndrome (RTT) is associated with a range of serious neurodevelopmental consequences including severe communicative impairments. Currently, no evidence-based communication interventions exist for the population (Sigafoos et al., 2009). The purpose of the current study was to examine the effectiveness of functional assessment (FA) and functional communication training (FCT) methods for teaching 3 individuals (ages 15-47 years) with classic RTT novel communicative behaviors. Using single-case experimental designs, functional reinforcers were identified (FA) and each participant quickly learned to activate a voice-output switch to obtain a reinforcer (FCT). These results suggest that individuals with classic RTT can learn novel communicative responses, which has important implications for future intervention research.
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Neurological Impairments, Developmental Disabilities, Communication Problems, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Communication Skills, Adolescents, Adults, Reinforcement, Assistive Technology, Teaching Methods
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aaidd.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: 44763|47201