Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Paper Session #246
Conducting Online Research Literature Reviews and Review of Literature on Functional Communication Training
Monday, May 30, 2016
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Columbus Hall AB, Hyatt Regency, Gold East
Area: PRA
Keyword(s): Communication Training, Literature
Chair: Melissa L. Olive (Applied Behavioral Strategies LLC)
Effectively Searching Online Literature Databases
Domain: Service Delivery
NICOLE L. BANK (The PartnerShip, LLC)
Abstract: In an effort to help practitioners meet their obligation to stay in contact with the scholarly literature, The Behavior Analysis Certification Board® has made the Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)/ProQuest research database available to Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Although many master level providers are familiar with conducting literature searches, there are many “behind the scenes” tricks and techniques that could lead to more efficient searching. This presentation gives practitioners in-depth information about using ERIC including: the structure of the database, advanced use of Boolean terminology, using the ERIC thesaurus, use of search terms related to behavior analysis, and other search tips. Additionally, the BACB® suggests that ERIC, PubMed and Google Scholar can assist providers in contacting research literature. This presentation touches on a few techniques to searching behavior analytic literature in PubMed and Google Scholar. The presentation ends with a brief review of Google Scholar citation analysis and measuring the impact factor of key research articles.
Functional Communication Training: What's Missing and What's Next?
Domain: Applied Research
MELISSA L. OLIVE (Applied Behavioral Strategies LLC), Keith Pirraglia (Applied Behavioral Strategies), Evangelina Baez (Applied Behavioral Strategies), Patrick O'Leary (ACES)
Abstract: We reviewed over 100 studies of functional communication training (FCT) to summarize characteristics of research participants, study methodology, assessment techniques, intervention procedures and characteristics, and methods for studying maintenance and generalization. The results indicated that FCT has been studied most often with children between 6 and 12 years of age and with individuals who were diagnosed with mental retardation/intellectual disability. The majority of research has been completed utilizing single subject research designs with limited reports of maintenance and generalization. Finally, researchers or highly trained behavior therapists implemented the majority of study procedures which took place in highly controlled settings such as research laboratories, treatment rooms, and empty rooms adjacent to classrooms. Results will be described and implications for future research will be discussed. Strategies for improving service delivery will be provided.
Keyword(s): Communication Training, Literature



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