FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION TRAINING WITH AND WITHOUT EXTINCTION AND PUNISHMENT

Wayne Fisher, Cathleen Piazza, Michael Cataldo, Robert Harrell, Gretchen Jefferson, Robert Conner

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Abstract

Functional communication training has been reported to be a promising treatment for severe behavior problems. In this study, functional communication training alone and combined with extinction and/or punishment was evaluated for 4 clients with severe retardation, behavior problems, and communication deficits. The participants were inpatients on a hospital unit for treatment of severe behavior disorders. They received individualized interventions based on functional assessment that included reinforcement of a communication response with the same function as their destructive behavior. Results showed that for some patients, functional communication training was not sufficient to produce clinically significant reductions in destructive behavior, and the combination of training plus punishment produced the largest and most consistent reductions. 1993 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

Keywords

  • aggression
  • concurrent operants
  • functional analysis
  • functional communication training
  • punishment
  • response classes
  • response covariation
  • self‐injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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    Fisher, W., Piazza, C., Cataldo, M., Harrell, R., Jefferson, G., & Conner, R. (1993). FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION TRAINING WITH AND WITHOUT EXTINCTION AND PUNISHMENT. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 26(1), 23-36. https://doi.org/10.1901/jaba.1993.26-23