Decreasing excessive functional communication responses while treating destructive behavior using response restriction

Wayne W Fisher, Brian D Greer, Angie C. Querim, Nicole DeRosa

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Functional communication training (FCT) is an established treatment for destructive behavior that missucceeds in about 37% of cases when the reinforcement schedule for the functional communication response (FCR) is thinned using multiples schedules (mult FCT; Hagopian, Boelter, & Jarmolowicz, 2011). In this investigation, we evaluated the use of response restriction FCT (RR FCT) in a cohort of patients with poorly differentiated responding of the FCR during mult FCT. Results showed that (a) RR FCT maintained high rates of correct FCRs during the reinforcement component of RR FCT without increasing destructive behavior (b) children displayed highly discriminated FCRs when an FCR card and a control card were simultaneously available during the reinforcement component of RR FCT; and (c) near-zero rates of destructive behavior were observed during the last five sessions of the terminal reinforcement schedule. Results are discussed relative to differences between mult FCT and RR FCT and successive and simultaneous discriminations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2614-2623
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2014



  • Destructive behavior
  • Functional analysis
  • Functional communication training
  • Multiple schedule
  • Response restriction
  • Simultaneous discrimination
  • Successive discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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