Teaching Functional Communication to Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorders


According to the publisher, Guilford Press, the book in which this chapter appears “presents effective practices for helping people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to thrive in adulthood. As individuals with ASD mature, their needs change as well. The book reviews the growing research base and describes ways to support adolescents and adults in succeeding in higher education and work, living independently, enjoying leisure activities, navigating meaningful personal relationships, and more. Specific behavioral and instructional interventions—such as functional communication training, positive behavior support, and applied behavior analysis—are discussed. Case examples illustrate practical aspects of applying the strategies in real-world school and community settings.”


Lang, R., Sigafoos, J., van der Meer, L., Carnett, A., Green, V. A., Lancioni, G. E., & O’Reilly, M. F. (2014). Teaching functional communication to adults with autism spectrum disorders. In M. Tincani & A. Bondy (Eds.), Adults with autism spectrum disorders: Evidence-based and promising practices (pp. 118–139) New York, NY: Guilford Press.