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Functional Communication Training

1. Describe a different behavior from one that you detailed in the first discussion that you believe would be a good candidate for use with the Functional Communication Training (FCT) method or behavior change.

2. Discuss the specifics of how you would use this antecedent intervention to change your client's behavior, and why it is considered an antecedent intervention.

3. Make sure to include details regarding whether or not this method used either abolishing operations or establishing operations, and why this is important to note.

4. Describe any unintended consequences or behaviors that might arise when using this method of behavior change, and how you might plan for these unintended changes ahead of time.

5. How can unintended behavior changes impact upon other behaviors already in a client's behavioral repertoire?

6. What are some of the unique ethical concerns that go along with implementing this type of behavior change plan?

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1. Describe a different behavior from one that you detailed in the first discussion that you believe would be a good candidate for use with the Functional Communication Training (FCT) method or behavior change.

An understanding of Functional communication Training (FCT) is that it is a practice to replace inappropriate behavior or subtle communication acts with more appropriate and effective communicative skills. The practice can be implemented after a functional behavioral assessment (FBA). Thus, practitioners analyze the interfering behavior to determine what the learner is trying to communicate (Evidence-based practice [FCT]

*Behavior- Autism Spectrum Disorder

FCT is reported to be effective to promote appropriate behavior for children with Autism spectrum Disorder (ASD) regardless—also effective for older learners as well. The feature of the Autism spectrum Disorder (ASD), or autism is a "Markedly abnormal impaired development in social interaction and communication Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000). The disorder affects both verbal and non-verbal skills (p. 70). The target skills of FCT is reported to help children and youth with ASD effectively communicate with other in various situations. It has been shown to be effective in decreasing interfering behaviors and replacing less-clear subtle communication forms with more clear ones.

2. Discuss the specifics of how you would use this antecedent intervention to change your client's behavior, and why it is considered an antecedent ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the Functional Communication Training (FCT) applied to the reduction of problem behavior.

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