Authors: Walker VL, Lyon KJ, Loman SL, Sennott S
Title: A systematic review of Functional Communication Training (FCT) interventions involving augmentative and alternative communication in school settings
Source: Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2018 34(2): 118-129
Year: 2018
Research Design: Systematic Review

The purpose of this meta-analysis was to summarize single-case intervention studies in which Functional Communication Training (FCT) involving augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) was implemented in school settings. Overall, the findings suggest that FCT involving AAC was effective in reducing challenging behaviour and promoting aided or unaided AAC use among participants with disability. FCT was more effective for the participants who engaged in less severe forms of challenging behaviour prior to intervention. Additionally, FCT was more effective when informed by a descriptive functional behaviour assessment and delivered within inclusive school settings. Implications for practice and directions for future research related to FCT for students who use AAC are addressed.

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