Master of Arts (M.A.)
This study investigated the effects of Functional Communication Training (FCT) on the communicative responses of young children with autism in a self-contained public preschool classroom. The study utilized a picture symbol as the mode of communication to teach appropriate communicative responses to three participants. The research was conducted during Circle Time in ten minute sessions. Appropriate communicative responses were taught as a replacement to problem behavior. A Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) was used to determine the function of the behavior and to develop an appropriate communicative response. Overall, results indicated that FCT was an effective intervention strategy for teachers to use in a self-contained public preschool classroom to teach appropriate communicative responses as a replacement for problem behavior for preschool children with autism.
Bambrick, Jane, "Evaluating the effects of functional communication training for preschool children with autism" (2011). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 422.