Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area
Brian D. Greer
Wayne F. Fisher
Kathryn M. Peterson
Amanda N. Zangrillo
Initial rates of destructive behavior tend to be lower when behavior analysts select functional communication responses (FCRs) they can physically guide (e.g., a card-touch FCR). However, destructive behavior may recur at higher rates when FCR materials go missing than when the FCR no longer produces reinforcement. In Experiment 1, we extended prior research by demonstrating less resurgence of target responding when a vocal FCR remained available but no longer produced reinforcement compared to a condition in which neither the alternative response nor reinforcement was available. In contrast to these findings, Experiment 2 replicated other prior research showing that the ability to physically guide a card FCR produced less target responding than when initiating treatment with a vocal FCR. We then evaluated a set of procedures for transitioning the card FCR to the previously unlearned vocal FCR. These findings suggest benefits of training different types of FCRs at different stages of treatment and they provide a set of procedures for transitioning between FCRs while occasioning minimal target responding.
Randall, Kayla R., "Sustaining Behavior Reduction by Transitioning the Topography of the Functional Communication Response During FCT" (2020). Theses & Dissertations. 458.