In this free webinar for Natspec members, Kate Duggan, Director of Service Development at Seashell Trust, presents an overview of work using the Functional Communication Training (FCT) approach. Behaviours of concern demonstrated by individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) frequently have a communication function. Functional Communication Training (Carr and Durand, 1985) aims to reduce behaviours of concern by teaching more effective ways to communicate. Case studies of students attending an Independent Specialist College were reviewed to evaluate the impact of the FCT approach on reducing behaviours of concern. It was concluded that speech and language therapists, teachers and other professionals working with individuals with ASC can use the FCT approach as part of Positive Behaviour Support plans. This is to identify alternative communicative behaviours which are equally reinforcing as the existing behaviours of concern. The benefits and challenges of this approach will be explored in this webinar.
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