Increasing Communication Skills
Functional Communication Training (FCTs)
CARE Consultants can provide training on how to increase the functional communication skills of students so that they can learn how to get their basic wants and needs met. When students who are low verbal or non-verbal are taught a more effective way to communicate with others, they are less likely to engage in problematic behaviors.
CARE Consultants will model how to engage students so that they are motivated to make a simple pictorial exchange or use a communication device in order to gain access to the highly reinforcing object and/or material. It has been our experience that staff benefit from modeling and hands-on training regarding how to increase the functional communication skills of students on their caseload.
CARE Consultants can also tailor small and large group trainings to provide staff members and parents with a basic overview of what functional communication skills are and why they are critical in order for students to become more competent communicators.