Sustaining behavior reduction by transitioning the topography of the functional communication response

Kayla R. Randall, Brian D. Greer, Sean W. Smith, Ryan T. Kimball

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When a functional communication response (FCR) can be reliably occasioned, destructive behavior tends to be lower. However, the form of FCR may affect the durability of functional communication training, as missing FCR materials may promote resurgence. Experiment 1 demonstrated that resurgence of target responding was lower when a vocal FCR remained available but was placed on extinction compared to when a card-based FCR was unavailable. Experiment 2 replicated the finding that initiating treatment with a card FCR produced less target responding than when initiating treatment with a vocal FCR. We then evaluated a set of procedures for transitioning the card FCR to the previously unlearned vocal FCR. These findings suggest benefits of training different types of FCRs at different stages of treatment and provide a preliminary set of procedures for transitioning between FCR topographies while occasioning minimal target responding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1013-1031
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • functional communication response
  • functional communication training
  • resurgence
  • sustained behavior reduction
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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