ERIC Number: EJ1073391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
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Providing Alternative Reinforcers to Facilitate Tolerance to Delayed Reinforcement Following Functional Communication Training
Austin, Jillian E.; Tiger, Jeffrey H.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v48 n3 p663-668 Sep 2015
The earliest stages of functional communication training (FCT) involve providing immediate and continuous reinforcement for a communicative response (FCR) that is functionally equivalent to the targeted problem behavior. However, maintaining immediate reinforcement is not practical, and the introduction of delays is associated with increased problem behavior. The present study evaluated the effects of providing alternative reinforcers during delays to reinforcement with a 13-year-old boy with an intellectual disability. Problem behavior was less likely when alternative reinforcers were available during delays.
Descriptors: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Strategies, Behavior Problems, Reinforcement, Delay of Gratification, Males, Early Adolescents, Mental Retardation
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