Social skills worked on a regular basis with your child include:

  • Joint Attention

  • Conversational skills

  • Appropriate Greetings

  • Sharing and turn taking

  • Self-Regulation

  • Following Group Direction

  • Developing Game Playing Skills and Being a Good Sport

  • Cooperative Play


Functional communication training (FCT) is one of the most common and effective interventions for severe behavior problems. Since the initial description of FCT by Carr and Durand (1985), various aspects of the FCT treatment process have been evaluated, and from this research, best practices have emerged.

To change inappropriate behavior we match function (what is learner trying to achieve) and motivation along with other factors to each person and circumstances within their particular setting and teach alternative communication such as PECS, ASL and/or vocal behavior.

Why is Functional Communication Training (FCT) Important?

Challenging behaviors are most commonly reported reason parents of children with autism seek services. If untreated, challenging behaviors often persist over time, have a negative impact on learning, & contribute to high levels of parent stress. Challenging behaviors are often correlated with limited communication skills which is a primary feature of autism. By giving children with delayed or limited vocal speech some control over their environment challenging behavior will likely decrease. FCT can be used across different settings & activities (school, home, play, and work) as well which is key for generalization and maintenance.

There are 4 basic functions of the behavior or inappropriate communication:

1. Gaining tangibles or activities
2. Escaping or avoiding something negative or unpleasant
3. Gaining social attention
4. Sensory stimulation

To better explain, we use an ABC analysis: The ABC’s of Behavior

(A) Antecedent – What happens before the behavior occurs?
(B) Behavior – What is the
(C) Consequence – What happens after the behavior occurs?

(A) Setting: supermarket, child grabs cookies from the shelf - Mom puts them back and says "no"
(B) Tantrum behavior
(C) Mom gives in and says "Ok, one time" The behavior will likely occur again because it has been reinforced in the past.