ERIC Number: EJ1038133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Reference Count: 30
Discrete-Trial Functional Analysis and Functional Communication Training with Three Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Problem Behavior
Chezan, Laura C.; Drasgow, Erik; Martin, Christian A.
Journal of Behavioral Education, v23 n2 p221-246 Jun 2014
We conducted a sequence of two studies on the use of discrete-trial functional analysis and functional communication training. First, we used discrete-trial functional analysis (DTFA) to identify the function of problem behavior in three adults with intellectual disabilities and problem behavior. Results indicated clear patterns of problem behavior for each participant. Second, we used a modified multiple baseline design across participants to assess the effectiveness of functional communication training (FCT) on the acquisition of a replacement communicative response. We conducted postacquisition discrimination probes to evaluate the discriminated use of the new response. Results indicated that FCT was effective in producing acquisition and discriminated use of the replacement response for all participants. The study has relevance because of the empirical evidence of DTFA and its applicability to adults with intellectual disabilities.
Descriptors: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Adults, Behavior Problems, Mental Retardation, Communication Skills, Training, Program Effectiveness, Communication Strategies, Instructional Effectiveness, Responses
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