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Title: Evaluating parent use of functional communication training to replace and enhance prelinguistic behaviours in six children with developmental and physical disabilities
Contributor(s): Tait, K (author); Sigafoos, J (author); Woodyatt, G (author); O'Reilly, M (author); Lancioni, GE (author)
Publication Date: 2004
DOI: 10.1080/09638280412331280253
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Abstract: PURPOSE: To evaluate parent use of functional communication training (FCT) to replace and enhance prelinguistic behaviours in six young children with developmental and physical disabilities.METHOD: Initially, the communicative functions of the children's prelinguistic behaviours were assessed by parent interviews. Three communication functions were identified for each child and intervention goals to replace or enhance the child's existing prelinguistic behaviours were developed in consultation with parents. After a baseline phase, parents received training on implementation of FCT. Intervention was staggered across the three communicative functions in a multiple-probe design. Results: Intervention was associated with increases in the replacement communication behaviour. Treatment gains were generally maintained at the monthly follow-ups.CONCLUSION: The results suggest that parents can use FCT to enhance communication skills in children with developmental and physical disabilities.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Disability and Rehabilitation, 26(21&22), p. 1241-1254
Publisher: Informa Healthcare, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of Publication: UK
ISSN: 0963-8288
Field of Research (FOR): 130312 Special Education and Disability
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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