ERIC Number: EJ1234340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Thinning Schedules of Reinforcement Following Functional Communication Training for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Meta-Analytic Review
Muharib, Reem; Alrasheed, Fahad; Ninci, Jennifer; Walker, Virginia L.; Voggt, Ashley P.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v49 n12 p4788-4806 Dec 2019
Functional communication training (FCT) is an evidence-based practice used to mitigate challenging behavior by increasing functional communication skills. To increase the practicality and feasibility of FCT in natural settings, thinning schedules of reinforcement are typically programmed following FCT. In this review, we meta-analyzed 28 studies that incorporated a thinning schedule procedure following FCT for 51 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 8 and younger. Using Tau-U, the results demonstrated overall moderate effect sizes for both challenging behavior and functional communication responses. Additionally, moderator analyses pertaining to participant characteristics, interventions, and study quality were conducted. Thinning procedures were most effective for children who had stronger communication repertoire. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Reinforcement, Children, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities, Communication Skills, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Effect Size, Program Effectiveness, Participant Characteristics, Meta Analysis
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