Effectiveness of a Brief Functional Analysis and Functional Communication Training Conducted Through Telehealth

Emma A. Craig, Katerina Dounavi, Jenny Ferguson

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This study evaluates the effectiveness of a brief functional analysis and functional communication training conducted via telehealth. Three interventionist-child dyads took part in the study including one speech and language pathologist and two school teaching assistants, each working with one child with autism spectrum disorder. Interventionists were trained using didactic training to implement a brief functional analysis as well as synchronous coaching from a BCBA® to implement functional communication training. A multiple baseline across participants design was utilised to evaluate if interventionists could implement functional communication training to decrease challenging behaviours that included aggression, elopement and disruption. Sessions concluded earlier than planned due to school closures mandated by the COVID-19 outbreak for two of the three participants; however, existing data provide evidence that telehealth is a valid model for enabling clinicians to work in collaboration with school personnel to effectively deliver assessment and intervention procedures remotely via telehealth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-246
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Issue number2
Early online date08 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 05 Apr 2023


  • telehealth
  • brief functional analysis
  • functional communication training
  • challenging behaviour


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