Functional Communication Training for the Treatment of Multiply Determined Challenging Behavior in Two Boys with Autism

@article{Sigafoos1996FunctionalCT,
  title={Functional Communication Training for the Treatment of Multiply Determined Challenging Behavior in Two Boys with Autism},
  author={Jeff Sigafoos and Beth Meikle},
  journal={Behavior Modification},
  year={1996},
  volume={20},
  pages={60 - 84}
}
Functional communication training was used to replace multiply determined problem behavior in two boys with autism. Experiment 1 involved a functional analysis of several topographies of problem behavior using a variation of the procedures described by lwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, and Richman. Results suggested that aggression, self-injury, and disruption were multiply determined (i.e., maintained by both attention and access to preferred objects). Experiment 2 involved a multiple-baseline… 
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