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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Paper Session #459
Our Unspoken Ethical Responsibility: Programming for Generalization During Functional Communication Training
Monday, May 31, 2021
4:00 PM–4:25 PM
Online
Area: DEV
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Ryan Kimball (University of Saint Joseph)
 
Our Unspoken Ethical Responsibility: Programming for Generalization During Functional Communication Training
Domain: Service Delivery
RYAN KIMBALL (University of Saint Joseph), Charlotte Mann (University of St Joseph)
 
Abstract: The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board ® does not include any items that specifically suggest that applied behavior analysts are obligated to promote for the generalization of behavior change. In contrast, Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968) designated generalization as one of the seven dimensions of applied behavior analysis. The current paper discusses the possible unspoken ethical responsibility that applied behavior analysts have to promote for generalization. Discussion will specifically look at the potentially unspoken ethical obligation to promote for generalization during and after functional communication training (FCT). To that end, discussion will strive to analyze current code items from The Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts and how they potentially suggest that promoting generalization is essential. The current paper reviews advancements in research on promoting generalization during FCT through the lens of the recommendations made by Stokes & Baer (1977). Lastly, the paper will examine the potential undesirable consequences of not properly programming for generalization during FCT, such as the treatment relapse phenomenon of renewal.
 
 

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