Date of Award
Master of Science in Special Education
First Reader/Committee Chair
Communication deficits are often evident in students with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities. For these students, basic communication needs, like asking to use the restroom, requesting food or expressing discomfort are a challenge. Frustration caused by communication deficits can lead the student to express interfering behaviors, which may interrupt student learning. This paper identifies and describes evidence-based practices (EBPs) used to increase functional communication skills for students with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities. This review focuses on functional communication training (FCT) and the picture exchange communication system (PECS) and their use to increase functional communication skills. The study also explains how to implement FCT and PECS and the results and challenges that may take place during the implementation process. This is an informative paper intended for special education teachers who work with students with moderate-to-severe disabilities.
BARTLETT, AMBER, "EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES FOR IMPROVING COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF STUDENTS WITH MODERATE-TO-SEVERE DISABILITIES" (2018). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 725.