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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Symposium #300
Models of Teaching Verbal Behavior Across Settings: Home, School, and Clinic
Monday, May 30, 2005
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
Stevens 5 (Lower Level)
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Kelly Kates-McElrath (Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit #22 and Temple University)
Discussant: Philip N. Hineline (Temple University)
Abstract: Teaching children with autism who tend to be language-deficient the verbal behavior necessary to effectively commuicate and interact socially has become the focus of an increasing number of home-based and school-based programs. With the introduction of clinical settings providing this type of service, parents have access to additional resources and supports. Dependent on the setting, service delivery may vary.
Teaching Verbal Behavior in School-Based Settings
KIM STUNKARD (Council Rock School District)
Abstract: Determining an appropriate educational environment involves the members of a multidisciplinary team collaboratively executing the tasks that are aligned in a process of securing an appropriate educational environment. The aspects of a student’s individualized education program necessitate the need for the team to examine and review the existing features in the variety of special and regular education classrooms/ environments available to the school district. Recommended educational placements possess features that are conducive to providing the educational opportunities that will ensure student progress.It is often a difficult task to locate an appropriate educational program for a student with autism or other developmental disability. School districts possess the capability of providing educational programs that meet students’ needs. Classrooms, within the school district, can be arranged to provide more intensive and individualized programming. Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior offers an approach to instruction that ensures acquisition or reduction of target behaviors. Intensive individualized school-based programs utilizing the approach may provide a forum in which to meet students’ needs while ensuring a free and appropriate PUBLIC education.
Teaching Verbal Behavior in Home-Based Settings
Abstract: Skinner’s analysis of language, 1957, has been the foundation for many Applied Behavior Analysis programs for children with autism and other developmental delays. The Verbal Behavior model can be used in different settings. This paper emphasizes the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching Verbal Behavior in the home setting. The VB home program can run independently or in concurrence with a school or clinic program. The home-based model is ideal for response and stimulus generalization to occur across settings and people. The program is supervised by the parents and overseen by a verbal behavior consultant; therefore trainings for the therapists should be provided in the home by the consultant or achieved through professional workshops. The verbal behavior model in the home is a program that teaches and maintains skills the child will learn and use throughout their life.
Teaching Verbal Behavior in Clinical Settings
LEIGH MARIANO (Carbone Clinic)
Abstract: Children with autism and related disabilities are consistently and constantly being pushed from one treatment to another. These children are unable to find a consistent balance in a treatment that proves to be effective. Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Verbal Behavior has proven to be a comprehensive combination of skill set areas that aid to the future development in children with autism and related disabilities. Amongst its peers Verbal Behavior stems to be a treatment area with little or no empirical basis for its credibility and is therefore seen as a treatment only implemental in a home environment. Although Verbal Behavior is generally implemented within a home based program, with the proper funding and training these techniques have proven to be effective in a clinical setting. With an empirical base and the proper quality control a clinical setting can functionally serve as a beneficial resource for the treatment of children with autism and related disabilities.



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