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Replacing prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication


Keen, D and Sigafoos, J and Woodyatt, G, Replacing prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31, (4) pp. 385-398. ISSN 0162-3257 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1010612618969


This study evaluated the effectiveness of a teacher-implemented intervention package designed to replace prelinguistic behaviors with functional communication. Four young children with autism participated in a multiple-probe design across three communicative functions. Initially, three existing communication functions were selected for each child. Next, the existing prelinguistic behaviors that the children used to achieve these functions were identified. Replacement forms that were considered more recognizable and symbolic were defined to achieve these same functions. After a baseline phase, teachers received inservice training, consultation, and feedback on how to encourage, acknowledge, and respond to the replacement forms. During intervention, the replacement forms increased and prelinguistic behaviors decreased in most cases. The results suggested that the teacher-implemented intervention was effective in replacing prelinguistic behaviors with alternative forms of functional communication.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:36144
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:54
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2007-10-11
Last Modified:2007-10-11

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