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We know that all behavior is a form of communication. However, Functional Communication Training, or FCT, aims to replace disruptive or unconventional behavior with more common forms of communication. Although our final goal is to help your child speak, we at Trumpet Behavioral Health recognize several important steps to get them there. For example, if your child takes items out of others’ hands to indicate they want something, BCBA professionals may work to replace that behavior with a different form of non-verbal communication, such as pointing.
As part of an autism treatment plan, our BCBA Professionals will determine what kinds of communication training will make the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time. Using their plan, your child may start working on communicating through:
These are just a few forms of communication that may be used to help your child grow their skills. Contact us at Trumpet to learn more about how Functional Communication Training can help your child communicate with you, their teachers, and friends!
1American Speech-Language-Hearing Association