|Communication-Based Behavior Interventions: A Review of Functional Communication Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration|
|Saturday, May 29, 2010|
|8:00 AM–11:00 AM |
|Travis A (Grand Hyatt)|
|Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery|
|CE Instructor: Erik Mayville, Ph.D.|
|JOHN POKRZYWINSKI (Woodward Resource Center), EVELYN JO HORTON (The Homestead), JAMES R. PRICKETT (Woodward Resource Center)|
|Description: Communication-based behavior interventions are some of the most common and effective procedures for treating severe challenging behaviors. While the basic principles presented in this workshop are not new, this workshop attempts to review how an interdisciplinary team and consultants can collaborate to create communication-based behavior interventions using principles that are consistent with those of positive behavior support. Since the initial description of functional communication training (FCT) by Carr and Durand (1985), various aspects of the FCT treatment process have been evaluated, and from this research, best practices have emerged. This workshop emphasizes positive reinforcement of alternatives to reduce problem behaviors (replacement behaviors). It encourages procedures that increase the contextual fit of behavior support plans and presents procedures that allow identification and manipulation of setting events and discriminative stimuli. Discussion includes procedures to encourage a communication-based environment. The procedures described in the workshop are designed to emphasize nonaversive and naturalistic procedures to reduce the likelihood of problem behaviors; increase the acceptance of behavior support plans, and thus the likelihood of success and generality; and increase collaboration between professional disciplines and direct-support staff.|
|Learning Objectives: The workshop has the following objectives:
1. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify and discuss eliminative versus educative approaches in treating challenging behaviors.
2. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify the primary outcomes of the functional analysis process.
3. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to describe and discuss procedures to encourage a communication-based environment.
4. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identifythe advantages and disadvantages of discrete trial training (DTT) and natural environment training (NET).
5. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify procedures for implementing a functional communication dictionary.
6. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to identify and discuss procedures to increase collaboration between all team members and direct-support staff.|
|Activities: Workshop activities include examples and discussions of eliminative versus educative strategies to deal with problem behaviors; antecedent events and contextual variables; functional behavior assessment and replacement behavior development; DTT and NET; verbal behavior considerations; communication dictionaries that include DTT and NET procedures; and interpersonal communication skills training that include DTT and NET procedures.|
|Audience: Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, speech and language pathologists, educators, nurses, advocates, independent support coordinators, and others working with individuals with intellectual deficiencies or autism.|
|Content Area: Practice|
|Instruction Level: Basic|