I want sausages for my lunch! Using functional communication training to enhance choice making behaviour

Tait, K. (2010) I want sausages for my lunch! Using functional communication training to enhance choice making behaviour. In: International research in teacher education: current perspectives. Kardooair Press, Armidale, Australia. ISBN 978-0-908244-80-5


In a remote village in Negara Brunei Darussalam, a young boy with autism was exhibiting behaviours of concern at lunchtime. This paper describes the process by which the school-based team addressed this situation using prompting as a teaching strategy. An initial junctional analysis indicated that the boy was taking other children's food at lunchtime and that this behaviour was maintained by his peers' compliance. The communicative functions of the child's prelinguistic behaviours were assessed by teacher and parent interview and by direct observation. An intervention using a verbal prompting strategy and functional communication training (FCT) via a simple A-B time series design was designed. Preliminary results indicate that, with training in FCT, a regular class teacher who previously had limited experience with children with special needs was able to interpret a child's behaviour as communicative. This information was then used to design a communication behaviour intervention that was later used to enhance the child's communication skills by teaching a replacement behaviour to the child.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 International Society for Teacher Education. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Based on selected research conducted in 15 countries and presented to an international audience at the 28th Annual Seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 07:21
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 07:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25743

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