To facilitate functional communication for persons with mental retardation, users of augmentative and alternative communication systems should develop skills needed to maintain conversational balance. The response-recode (R-R) linguistic form is an appropriate method for achieving more favorable conversational balance. Therefore, a protocol was developed to efficiently train three adults with mental retardation who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems to demonstrate the R-R form. This report highlights clinical procedures used to teach the R-R form effectively and efficiently and examines the permanence of the behavior. Results indicated that each participant learned to use the R-R form in conversation with trained clinicians and continued to use the form 1 and 3 weeks after training.