Assessment of mand selection for functional communication training packages

Lisa Winborn, David P. Wacker, David M. Richman, Jennifer Asmus, Deb Geier

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We evaluated the effects of training novel and existing mands during functional communication training (FCT) to decrease problem behavior for 2 children. A functional analysis (Phase 1) identified mands for FCT. Phase 2 used distinct stimulus conditions to train novel and existing mands. Phase 3 evaluated allocation of responding within a concurrent-schedules design. When reinforcement for either mand was concurrently available, the children used existing mands more than novel mands, but higher levels of problem behavior occurred with existing mands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-298
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


  • Functional analysis
  • Functional communication training
  • Mand selection
  • Problem behavior


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