Functional Communication Training for Multiple Reinforcers: an Evaluation of Isolated Control Following a Synthesized Context

  • Megan A. BoyleEmail author
  • Shannie M. Stamper
  • Elizabeth A. Donaldson
  • Kaitlin S. Curtis
  • Kara L. Forck
  • Melissa A. Shrimplin
  • Allie C. Barsness
  • Christina Oller
Research Article


We evaluated the effectiveness of teaching 2 functionally and topographically dissimilar communication responses within the same sessions following a functional analysis with a synthesized contingency. We also conducted stimulus-control probes to determine the extent to which communication responses and problem behavior occurred when each contingency was presented in isolation. The child in the current study acquired communicative responses for both reinforcers, and problem behavior decreased during functional communication training (FCT). Further, relevant communication responses occurred in the respective stimulus-control probes. Results are discussed in terms of implications for research and practice regarding methods for conducting FCT following functional analyses with synthesized contingencies.


Functional analysis Functional communication training Synthesized contingency 



We thank Jordy and his family for participating in the study.


This study did not receive funding.

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Conflict of Interest

All authors declare they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Megan A. Boyle
    • 1
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  • Shannie M. Stamper
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Donaldson
    • 1
  • Kaitlin S. Curtis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kara L. Forck
    • 1
    • 3
  • Melissa A. Shrimplin
    • 1
  • Allie C. Barsness
    • 1
  • Christina Oller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special EducationMissouri State UniversitySpringfieldUSA
  2. 2.Applied Behavioral Services in CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.Morning Star Behavioral Associates in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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