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

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21696917
Author: 
Hagopian LP
Author List: 
Kurtz PF
Boelter EW
Jarmolowicz DP
Chin MD
Hagopian LP
Journal: 
Res Dev Disabil
PubMed ID: 
21696917
Pagination: 
2935-42
Volume: 
32
Issue: 
6
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.
Published Date: 
October, 2011

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