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Functional communication training for the treatment of multiply determined behaviour in two boys with autism

Sigafoos, Jeff & Saggers, Beth (1996) Functional communication training for the treatment of multiply determined behaviour in two boys with autism. Behavior Modification, 20(1), pp. 60-84.

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Abstract

Functional communication training was used to replace multiply determined problem behaviour in two boys with autism. Experiment 1 involved a functional analysis of several topographies of problem behaviour using a variation of the procedures described by Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, and Richman. Results suggested that aggression, self-injury, and disruption were multiply determined (i.e., maintained by both attention and access to preferred objects). Experiment 2 involved a multiple-baseline design across subjects. The focus of intervention was to replace aggression, self-injury, and disruption with functionally equivalent communicative alternatives. Both boys were taught alternative “mands” to recruit attention and request preferred objects. Acquisition of these alternative communication skills was associated with concurrent decreases in aggression, self-injury, and disruption. Results suggest that multiply determined challenging behaviour can be decreased by teaching an alternative communication skill to replace each assessed function of the problem behaviour.

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ID Code: 30185
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1177/01454455960201003
ISSN: 0145-4455
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2010 07:23
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:20

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