ERIC Number: EJ1083433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Multiple Schedules during Functional Communication Training to Promote Rapid Transfer of Treatment Effects
Fisher, Wayne W.; Greer, Brian D.; Fuhrman, Ashley M.; Querim, Angie C.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v48 n4 p713-733 Dec 2015
Multiple schedules with signaled periods of reinforcement and extinction have been used to thin reinforcement schedules during functional communication training (FCT) to make the intervention more practical for parents and teachers. We evaluated whether these signals would also facilitate rapid transfer of treatment effects across settings and therapists. With 2 children, we conducted FCT in the context of mixed (baseline) and multiple (treatment) schedules introduced across settings or therapists using a multiple baseline design. Results indicated that when the multiple schedules were introduced, the functional communication response came under rapid discriminative control, and problem behavior remained at near-zero rates. We extended these findings with another individual by using a more traditional baseline in which problem behavior produced reinforcement. Results replicated those of the previous participants and showed rapid reductions in problem behavior when multiple schedules were implemented across settings.
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Communication Skills, Behavior Problems, Intervention, Outcomes of Treatment, Children, Reinforcement, Intervals
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R01HD07911301