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At A Gem of Joy, we believe in empowering individuals and families by providing tailored, evidence-based support that fosters growth, connection, and lasting change. Our community-based and in-home functional communication training services are designed to help learners 21 years old and younger develop essential communication skills while enjoying the comfort and familiarity of their natural environments.

By combining our expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA) with a genuine passion for helping others, we’re proud to offer functional communication training services in Maryland that inspire hope, confidence, and joy. Call our team today at 888.501.6641 for more information about our caregiver education and training services in Maryland and how we can collaborate and reach your family’s goals! 

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What Is Functional Communication Training (FCT)?

FCT is a method of teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders how to communicate naturally, both functional and meaningful. FCT can also be referred to as positive behavior support intervention. Functional communication training doesn’t necessarily mean learning words, but instead, it means teaching a learner to communicate using the method that is most accessible to them. 

Some methods of functional communication that may be taught during ABA therapy include: 

  • Gestures
  • Sign language
  • Use of pictures or icons (picture exchange communication system)

As behavior analysts, we understand that all behavior (including challenging or dangerous behavior) is a form of communication. Through FCT, learners gain a means to communicate wants and needs in an appropriate way. This can hugely benefit both the learner and those around them—creating a safe, supportive, and effective learning environment. 

Discover the Benefits of Functional Communication Training

A Gem of Joy offers a unique and personalized approach that focuses on each learner’s strengths, needs, and goals. By working closely with learners and their families in their own environment, we can create customized intervention plans that promote meaningful progress and increased independence. 

Some of the key benefits of functional communication training at home or in community settings include:

  • Greater convenience and flexibility for families 
  • Increased opportunities for real-life skill practice and generalization 
  • Enhanced collaboration between our team, learners, and their families 
  • A comfortable and supportive learning environment that encourages success

We look forward to providing you and your family with the support and guidance needed to reach your communication goals! 

Experience the Power of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

At the heart of our FCT services lies applied behavior analysis, a scientifically validated approach to understanding and improving behavior. ABA identifies the environmental factors that influence behavior and uses evidence-based strategies to promote positive change.

Our skilled and compassionate team of Board-Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®) leverages their expertise in ABA to help learners:

  • Develop essential communication skills, such as making requests and expressing emotions 
  • Reduce challenging behaviors that may interfere with communication, learning, or social interactions 
  • Increase their ability to engage in appropriate social exchanges and build relationships 
  • Enhance their overall quality of life and foster greater independence

We strive to create an empowering and nurturing environment that allows learners of all ages to experience the power of ABA and reach their fullest potential. Contact us today at 888.501.6641 to learn more about how our functional communication training services can help your family.

Our Comprehensive Functional Communication Training Services in Maryland

At A Gem of Joy, we’re committed to providing comprehensive functional communication training services that support the unique needs of each learner and their family.

Our services can include the following:

  • A thorough assessment to identify each learner’s communication strengths and areas for growth 
  • The development of a personalized intervention plan that targets specific communication goals and skills 
  • In-home and community implementation of evidence-based strategies to promote positive behavioral change and skill development 
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of progress to ensure continued success and adapt the intervention plan as needed 
  • Collaboration with families and other professionals to provide well-rounded support and enhance outcomes

We understand that learning is a lifelong journey, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Get Help from A Gem of Joy's Functional Communication Training Services Today

If you’re ready to experience the life-changing benefits of our functional communication training, we invite you to join the A Gem of Joy family. Our dedicated team is eager to help learners unlock their full potential and experience the joy that comes from effective communication and personal growth.

To learn more about our functional communication training services in Maryland and how we can support your family’s journey, please call us at 888.501.6641 or contact us online. Together, we can create a brighter future filled with connection, understanding, and endless possibilities.