Advancing the Complexity of Communication During FCT (1 CEU)

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  1. The video contained within this course is protected by copyright. Downloading or making copies of the videos is prohibited.
  2. The purchase of this course is for a single user. Sharing login credentials with other people is prohibited. Broadcasting the course to a group is also prohibited.
  3. You will have access to the course for 7 days from the date and time of purchase.
  4. If you need more time to complete the course, an extension link will appear upon expiration under the course title in the “My Profile” page. Extensions are provided in 7-day increments for $10.


Functional communication training (FCT) is regularly used to treat problem behavior and often teaches a low-effort communicative response to replace problem behavior (e.g., Horner & Day, 1991). Although the goal of FCT is to reduce problem behavior, complex communication skills may still be a desired outcome (Tiger, Hanley, & Bruzek, 2006). The complexity of communication looks different for different clients (e.g., speaking in multi-word sentences, finding a listener who is out of sight, navigating through several picture icons in an augmentative communication device), and practitioners have an opportunity to increase the complexity of communication skills throughout FCT (e.g., Ghaemmaghami, Hanley, Jessel, & Landa, 2018). Attendees learned four considerations for selecting an initial communication response and how to systematically advance communication during FCT for two selected skills.


  1. The attendee will be able to tact four considerations to be made when selecting an initial functional communication response.
  2. The attendee will be able to state how complexity of communication can be advanced while treating severe problem behavior.
  3. The attendee will be able to tact rationale for the four considerations of selecting initial FCRs.
  4. The attendee will be able to tact how to systematically advance communication skills during functional communication training for 2 selected skills.
  5. When given an example of an initial FCR, the attendee will be able to identify the steps for systematically advancing the FCR towards the desired outcome.
  6. The Attendee will be able to explain how complexity may be defined differently for different clients.


  1. This course is divided into 5 chapters.
  2. Each chapter presents a short video.
  3. After each video there will be a short quiz.
  4. Many of the quiz questions are in the stlye of “multiple selection.” That is, there will often be more than one correct answer.
  5. Be sure to check your spelling when composing constructed answers.
  6. 100% correct responding is required before moving to the next chapter.
  7. When all quizzes are successfully completed, you will be presented with a certificate of completion worth 1 general BACB CEU, a reference list of associated readings, and a link to a feedback survey.

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