Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Workshop #W34
CE Offered: BACB
The VB-MAPP Barriers Assessment: An analysis of 24 learning and language barriers and possible intervention strategies
Friday, May 22, 2009
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
North 120 D
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Michael P. Mozzoni, Ph.D.
MARK L. SUNDBERG (Sundberg and Associates)
Description: The VB-MAPP Barriers Assessment is a tool that is designed to identify and score 24 different learning and language acquisition barriers that might affect a child with language delays. The current workshop will provide an analysis of each barrier and potential intervention strategies to remove or reduce the barrier. A major focus will be on how to conduct descriptive and functional analyses of weak or defective verbal behavior using Skinner’s (1957) analysis. Much can be gained by analyzing the sources of control for what a child with autism says or signs. These sources of control may reveal that a response that appears correct in form is actually incorrect in function. Several examples of defective verbal behavior will be presented along with suggestions for how to analyze and ameliorate the repertoires. It will be proposed that the failure to conduct such an analysis may result in teaching skills that are nonfunctional, rote, or out of developmental sequence for a child, and may be quite difficult to eliminate once they are established.
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to conduct the VB-MAPP Barriers Assessment. Participants will be able to conduct a descriptive and functional analysis of absent, weak, or defective verbal behavior. Participants will be able to describe two different intervention procedures for at least 10 barriers. Participants will be able to explain how unwanted sources of stimulus and motivational control can produce defective verbal behavior.
Activities: Attendees will participate in didactic presentations, discussions, and practice exercises on analyzing weak or defective verbal behaviors. Participants will receive a copy of the final VB-MAPP Protocol and Guide, and a beta version of the Barriers Analysis and Intervention Program
Audience: Participants should have a strong working knowledge of behavior analysis and a basic understanding of Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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