Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Functional Communication Training, Chained Schedules, Schedule Thinning, Compliance, Feeding, Problem Behavior
Functional communication training (FCT) is a popular intervention for reducing problematic behaviors and promoting communication for individuals with developmental disabilities. The present study investigated the application of a chained schedule arrangement to increase compliance for academic instruction and food acceptance within an FCT context for two individuals, and evaluated an expedient thinning procedure for achieving practical response rates. Participants were taught functionally communicative responses (FCRs) to replace problem behaviors. Demands were presented to either complete academic tasks or accept bites of food. Schedules were thinned to increase the number of demands presented per session. Results showed that for both participants, compliance for demands across both skill domains increased, and problem behavior decreased, relative to baseline. The schedule was successfully thinned and terminal criteria were met for one skill for each participant. Treatment effects were generalized to parents for one skill for each participant. Implications of the results are discussed.
Bennett, Bryce, "Chained Schedule Thinning to Increase Compliance Within a Functional Communication Training Context" (2018). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 58.