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ERIC Number: EJ821874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Evaluation of a Pre-Treatment Assessment to Select Mand Topographies for Functional Communication Training
Ringdahl, Joel E.; Falcomata, Terry S.; Christensen, Tory J.; Bass-Ringdahl, Sandie M.; Lentz, Alison; Dutt, Anuradha; Schuh-Claus, Jessica
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v30 n2 p330-341 Mar-Apr 2009
Recent research has suggested that variables related to specific mand topographies targeted during functional communication training (FCT) can affect treatment outcomes. These include effort, novelty of mands, previous relationships with problem behavior, and preference. However, there is little extant research on procedures for identifying which mand topographies to incorporate into FCT. In the current study, a mand topography assessment was conducted following functional analyses to identify the proficiency with which individuals used several different mand topographies. Two mand topographies (high and low proficiency) were then compared during FCT-based treatments. FCT was more effective when the mand topography identified as high proficiency was incorporated into FCT as compared to FCT that included the lower proficiency response. The results are discussed in terms of the need for individualized assessment procedures for selecting mand topographies that are targeted during FCT.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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