Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Jo Ann Mitchell Burns

Second Advisor

Dr. Cynthia Cavazos-Gonzalez

Third Advisor

Dr. M. Anne Estevis


Functional communication training (FCT) with extinction, as well as multiple manding choices were utilized to reduce aberrant behavior with three individuals with mild to moderate mental retardation or learning disability. The setting was a self-contained special education classroom for students ages six to 11 years old in an elementary school in South Texas. FCT with extinction was utilized within whole group, small group and one-to-one instruction. The findings indicated that FCT did reduce aberrant behavior and did increase communication for all three subjects. FCT is a differential reinforcement of an alternative behavior (DRA) method which has viable uses within the public school setting.


Copyright 2001 Twila Dawn Sprowl Figueroa. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American