The assessment of communication modalities during functional communication training: A replication

 T. F. McLaughlin

The assessment of communication modalities during functional communication training: A replication

  • Author T. F. McLaughlin
  • Co-Author Brittany Poff, Gavin Villar, Anjali Barretto, Amanda Muniz,
Keywords : Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD, functional communication, aberrant behavior, replication


Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of multiple communication modalities during functional communication training. Another purpose was to replicate (Winborn, et al). These modalities included a card and microswitch to decrease aberrant behaviors and increase manding. The participant was a six-year old female with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in the Inland Northwest. A combination of a multi-element and a reversal design was used to evaluate the effects of these communication modalities. The target behaviors included hitting, biting, scratching, throwing objects, spitting, running away, dropping to the ground, yelling, screaming, inappropriate vocalizations, and hand flapping in front of the body. The study showed the importance of finding the preferred mode of communication to increase the ability to communicate appropriately. The results showed that a microswitch was the most effective mode of communication, and showed the greatest decrease in aberrant behavior.

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