Evaluating the effects of functional communication training in the presence and absence of establishing operations

Kimberly A. Brown, David P. Wacker, K. Mark Derby, Stephanie M. Peck, David M. Richman, Gary M. Sasso, Claudia L. Knutson, Jay W. Harding

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Abstract

We conducted functional analyses of aberrant behavior with 4 children with developmental disabilities. We then implemented functional communication training (FCT) by using different mands across two contexts, one in which the establishing operation (EO) that was relevant to the function of aberrant behavior was present and one in which the EO that was relevant to the function of aberrant behavior was absent. The mand used in the EO-present context served the same function as aberrant behavior, and the mand used in the EO-absent context served a different function than the one identified via the functional analysis. In addition, a free-play (control) condition was conducted for all children. Increases in relevant manding were observed in the EO-present context for 3 of the 4 participants. Decreases in aberrant behavior were achieved by the end of the treatment analysis for all 4 participants. Irrelevant mands were rarely observed in the EO-absent context for 3 of the 4 participants. Evaluating the effectiveness of FCT across different contexts allowed a further analysis of manding when the establishing operations were present or absent. The contributions of this study to the understanding of functional equivalence are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-71
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Establishing operations
  • Functional communication training
  • Functional equivalence
  • Manding

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