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J Appl Behav Anal. 2012 Fall;45(3):579-84. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2012.45-579.

Trial-based functional analysis and functional communication training in an early childhood setting.

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  • 1Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA.

Abstract

Problem behavior is common in early childhood special education classrooms. Functional communication training (FCT; Carr & Durand, 1985) may reduce problem behavior but requires identification of its function. The trial-based functional analysis (FA) is a method that can be used to identify problem behavior function in schools. We conducted trial-based FAs and FCT with 3 children in an early childhood special education setting. All trial-based FAs resulted in identification of behavioral functions, and subsequent FCT led to reductions in problem behavior and increases in communication.

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functional analysis; functional communication training; problem behavior; school-based intervention

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23060670
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PMC3469303
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