Aug 18, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Keri Strejlau, M.S. SPED, BCBA, LBA
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teachers, BCBAa, Speech Pathologists, LMHCs, Psychologist – Licensed, Psychologists, School Leaders, Level III Teaching Assts., Social Workers
Working with individuals who have difficulty expressing their needs?
Do your learners have severe speech/language difficulties and use problem behavior to communicate what they need?
Are YOU searching for an effective evidence-based intervention to address problem behavior?
When individuals have difficulty expressing their needs, they will engage in behavior that may result in getting their needs met. Sometimes, these behaviors may be inappropriate or harmful. Functional Communication Training (FCT) is an evidence-based intervention used to replace inappropriate or problem behavior with more appropriate and effective communicative behaviors or skills. It teaches and establishes replacement behaviors for inappropriate or harmful behaviors such as aggression, escape/elopement, non-compliance, self-injury, and more. FCT requires the precise manipulation of establishing operations, timing of prompts, and delivery of consequences for communicative and problem behavior while ensuring the safety of the implementer and the student.
This training is geared to taking a deeper dive into this intervention. We will discuss the selection of functional responses, use of effective teaching methods and schedules of reinforcement, including how to thin these schedules. Additionally, we will explore how to effectively increase the complexity of functional communication responses, use of demand fading and alternatives to using escape extinction procedures.