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.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Workshop #W15
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
A Review of Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior: Theoretical and Applied Implications
Friday, May 26, 2006
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Caio F. Miguel, Ph.D.
CAIO F. MIGUEL (New England Center for Children)
Description: In his book Verbal Behavior, Skinner described language acquisition using well-known principles of learning. He described a way of categorizing language based on the environment functions, rather than underlying cognitive structures and processes. Skinners environmental account of language acquisition has been useful for research and application, especially when teaching children with autism, whose verbal repertoires are usually deficient. In this workshop participants will be introduced to the behavior analytic model of language development by learning how to identify language units/verbal operants based on their environmental functions. Both selection-based and topography based verbal behavior will be considered. The implications of Skinners analysis for teaching language to individuals with disabilities will be discussed. Participants will also review the empirical evidence for a VB analysis of language and identify topics for future research.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe the behavior analytic model of language development Participants will identify and classify language units/verbal operants Participants will distinguish selection based vs topography based VB Participants will be able to identify areas for future research in the analysis of VB Participants will be able to list some of the implications of Skinner�s analysis to teach language Participants will be able to define and give examples of secondary and higher order verbal operants such as the autoclitic and the naming repertoire.
Activities: Attendees will participate in didactic presentations, discussions and exercises.
Audience: Those interested in a conceptual understanding of Skinners analysis of VB as it pertains to teaching language to individuals with disabilities.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Basic



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