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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Tutorial #41
CE Offered: BACB
Verbal Behavior Applications in Developmental Disabilities: Current Evidence and Methodological Recommendations
Saturday, May 23, 2009
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
West 301 CD
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Christina Whalen, Ph.D.
Chair: Caio F. Miguel (California State University, Sacramento)
Presenting Authors: : JAMES E. CARR (Auburn University)
Abstract: Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior has proven useful for conceptualizing and developing language interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities. In recent years, a number of procedures (hereafter referred to as the “verbal behavior approach”) inspired by this analysis have been packaged and disseminated for the treatment of early childhood autism. Although the verbal behavior approach is conceptually sound and supported by modest literature on teaching individual verbal operants, no outcome research currently exists to directly support its intensive, long-term application. Furthermore, more than a few applied studies in the verbal behavior literature have methodological shortcomings that preclude confident conclusions regarding their effects. In this tutorial, I will briefly summarize the state of the evidence for common procedural elements of the verbal behavior approach, as well as its large-scale application. I will then describe and illustrate the types of evidence needed to ensure that the dissemination of the verbal behavior approach better corresponds to the existing empirical database. Jim Carr is an associate professor of psychology at Auburn University. His current research interests include verbal behavior, analysis and intervention in developmental disabilities, the behavioral treatment of tic disorders, and college teaching methodology. Dr. Carr has published over 100 articles, chapters, and book and is currently an associate editor of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He was the 2002 recipient of the B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award by Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Carr received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Florida State University and previously served on the psychology faculties at Western Michigan University (1999-2008) and University of Nevada-Reno (1996-1999).
JAMES E. CARR (Auburn University)



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