Florida's First Choice for Autism Supports
January 13, 2024
Functional communication training (FCT) is most frequently used to replace interfering behaviors (e.g., disruptive, repetitive/stereotypical) or subtle, less clear communicative forms (e.g., reaching, leading). Many of these behaviors have common occurrences within self-contained as well as inclusive classrooms and may limit student access to education. FCT replaces these interfering behaviors with more conventional communicative forms (e.g., pointing, picture, exchange, signing, verbalizations). In doing so, it promotes more effective communication which can lead to less frustration and increased levels of student engagement.