FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS AND TREATMENT OF SOCIAL-COMMUNICATIVE BEHAVIOR OF ADOLESCENTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

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Division of Special Education, California State University at Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California 90032–8144 (E-mail: bfrea.calstatela.edu).

Abstract

This investigation used functional analyses to identify the social variables that maintained the inappropriate social-communicative behaviors of 2 adolescent students with mental retardation. Analyses were performed in the students' classrooms with the assistance of peers and teachers. The results of these assessments were used to identify appropriate, functionally equivalent behaviors that the students were taught to self-monitor. Findings showed substantial decreases in inappropriate social responding and increases in the use of appropriate social skills.

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