Replacing prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication

Keen, Deb, Sigafoos, Jeff and Woodyatt, Gail (2001) Replacing prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication. Journal of Autism And Developmental Disorders, 31 4: 385-398. doi:10.1023/A:1010612618969

Author Keen, Deb
Sigafoos, Jeff
Woodyatt, Gail
Title Replacing prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication
Journal name Journal of Autism And Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication date 2001-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1010612618969
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 385
End page 398
Total pages 14
Editor G. B. Mesibov
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic
Language eng
Subject C1
330108 Special Education
330101 Educational Psychology
740501 Special education
Abstract This study evaluated the effectiveness of a teacher-implemented intervention package designed to replace prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication. Four young children with autism participated in a multiple-probe design across three communicative functions. Initially, three existing communication functions were selected for each child. Next, the existing prelinguistic behaviors that the children used to achieve these functions were identified. Replacement forms that were considered more recognizable and symbolic were defined to achieve these same functions. After a baseline phase, teachers received inservice training, consultation, and feedback on how to encourage, acknowledge, and respond to the replacement forms. During intervention, the replacement forms increased and prelinguistic behaviors decreased in most cases. The results suggested that the teacher-implemented intervention was effective in replacing prelinguistic behaviors with alternative forms of functional communication.
Keyword prelinguistic behaviors
functional communication training
Functional Communication Training
Severe Disabilities
Q-Index Code C1

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