An analysis of functional communication training as an empirically supported treatment for problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual disabilities

Patricia F. Kurtz, Eric W. Boelter, David P. Jarmolowicz, Michelle D. Chin, Louis P. Hagopian

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Abstract

This paper examines the literature on the use of functional communication training (FCT) as a treatment for problem behavior displayed by individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Criteria for empirically supported treatments developed by Divisions 12 and 16 of the American Psychological Association (Kratochwill & Stoiber, 2002; Task Force, 1995) and adapted by Jennett and Hagopian (2008) for evaluation of single-case research studies were used to examine the support for FCT. Results indicated that FCT far exceeds criteria to be designated as a well-established treatment for problem behavior exhibited by children with ID and children with autism spectrum disorder, and can be characterized as probably efficacious with adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2935-2942
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Autism
  • Empirically supported treatments
  • Functional communication training
  • Intellectual disability
  • Problem behavior
  • Property destruction
  • Self-injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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