Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Workshop #W68
CE Offered: BACB
Using the Verbal Behavior Approach to Teach Children with Autism
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 120 BC
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Hannah Hoch, Ph.D.
MARY L. BARBERA (Barbera Behavior Consulting)
Description: Children with autism, regardless of age or severity of symptoms need effective, individualized programming. This workshop will provide an overview of the Verbal Behavior Approach and will outline specific techniques to improve language skills for learners diagnosed with autism or related disorders. Mary will highlight strategies from her book: The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders and will provide guidance using the scientifically proven strategies of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specifically utilizing B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Through lecture, video examples and small group activities, participants will receive information which will enable them to get started incorporating the Verbal Behavior Approach with a wide variety of learners in home, clinic, community and school settings.
Learning Objectives: 1)Describe two similarities and two differences between traditional discrete trial teaching and the Verbal Behavior Approach. 2)Describe the importance of pairing with reinforcement and mand training when working with children with autism. 3)Give one example of a mand, tact, intraverbal, echoic and listener responding skill for early, intermediate, and advanced learners. 4)Describe the skills and programming needed to enable children to become conversational speakers.
Activities: This workshop will include lecture, discussion, video examples, and small group activities.
Audience: This workshop is recommended for all professionals working with children and adults with autism including behavior analysts, speech and language pathologists, educators, psychologists, and therapists. Parents of children with autism are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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