Functional Communication Training

Functional Communication Training (FCT)

Many learners with autism display inappropriate, maladaptive, and even aggressive behaviors towards others and themselves. Often, these behaviors stem from difficulties with communication, leading to unexpected and often undesirable methods to obtain certain wants, needs, and interests. Functional communication training addresses these interfering behaviors by systematically identifying the function of the behavior and providing a replacement behavior in the form of appropriate communication that will enable the learner to get his or her needs met in a more acceptable way.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Identifying function of behavior
  • Develop communication based alternative to inappropriate behavior
  • Support use of communicative modalities: speech, sign, AAC, visuals
Workshop information
  • Duration: one day
  • Mode: face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: This workshop assumes you have mastered the content in Functional Behavior Assessment, Behavior Support Plans and ABA 101. If you do not feel you have mastered this content, we strongly suggest you attend the applicable workshop(s).
  • Target Audience: Special education teachers and related service providers