Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W5
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
An Updated Version of the Verbal Behavior Assessment and Curriculum for Children With Autism
Friday, May 27, 2005
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Continental A (1st floor)
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D.
Description: Skinners analysis of verbal behavior has proven to be a valuable tool for language assessment and intervention for children with autism. This workshop will provide an overview of the basic elements of Skinners analysis of verbal behavior, and will present an updated version of several aspects of the application of the analysis to language assessment and intervention. Specifically, updated versions of the language assessment sequence, the barriers to language acquisition, the verbal behavior curriculum, and the training procedures for each elementary verbal operant will be presented. A strong focus of the workshop will be on the importance of conducting verbal behavior analyses at all levels of a language intervention program.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: - Define the elementary verbal operants (i.e., echoic, mand, tact, intraverbal, textual, and transcriptive). - Describe several barriers to language acquisition and explain how to remove them. - Provide a brief task analysis of each of the verbal operants. - Describe procedures for teaching each of the verbal operants. - Explain how typical language development can serve as a guide for a language intervention program. - Describe what constitutes a �verbal behavior analysis.� - Conduct �verbal behavior analyses� of various language acquisition problems.
Activities: Attendees will participate in didactic presentations, discussions, and exercises in the analysis of verbal behavior. A 300 plus page handout will be provided to each attendee that will contain extensive information on each topic.
Audience: Participants should have a strong working knowledge of behavior analysis and some interest in its application to language assessment and intervention.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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