Functional Communication Training and Autism

Functional communication training is based on the idea that problem behaviours (such as self harm, hitting other people or throwing tantrums) may be a form of communication.

It aims to teach people on the autism spectrum to use other forms of communication as substitutes for the 'messages' underlying the challenging behaviours.

It requires a thorough assessment to identify the function (or 'message') of each challenging behaviour, followed by instruction on how to communicate that message in a more acceptable form.

For example, if the child throws a tantrum as a way to get out of doing some difficult task, then the instructor might teach the child to ask for a break by speaking, pointing, or gesturing when a task becomes challenging.

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15 Jun 2018