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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W59
CE Offered: BACB
Verbal Behavior Analysis: A Functional Approach to Teaching Language to Children With Autism
Friday, May 28, 2010
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Bonham A (Grand Hyatt)
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Amanda Adams, Ph.D.
NANCY J. CHAMPLIN (Autism Concepts, Inc.), SUZANNE TAYLOR (Autism Concepts, Inc.), ERIN CAMP (Autism Concepts, Inc.)
Description: Children with autism spectrum disorders demonstrate deficits in communication and language. Research has demonstrated that Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior provides a conceptual framework of language beneficial to teaching children with autism (Sundberg, 2007). Verbal behavior analysis is an area of applied behavior analysis that focuses on assessing functional language skills and examining effective teaching practices to produce functional verbal repertoires (Greer, 2008). This workshop will provide the participants knowledge in the application of verbal behavior analysis to assess and develop a comprehensive language program for children with autism. The verbal behavior milestones assessment and placement program (VB-MAPP) and the assessment of basic language and learning skills-revised (ABLLS-R) will be discussed to demonstrate how to assess and track the progression through the developmental milestones for each learner. We will examine the research conducted by Autism Concepts, Inc. on the verbal behavior of typical preschool-aged children using Skinner’s verbal operants. Other research topics included will be teaching peer-to-peer manding and the play skills of children with autism and typical peers .
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. define verbal behavior analysis, 2. identify the verbal operants, 3. demonstrate how to teach all the verbal operants, 4. discuss variations in conducting the VB-MAPP and The ABLLS-R assessments, 5. plan a comprehensive language program for a targeted individual, 6. identify typical 3- and 4-year old verbal behavior and how this information impacts our work with children with autism, 7. demonstrate how to teach peer-to-peer manding, 8. identify the verbal behavior of preschool-aged children during play.
Activities: This workshop will provide didactic and interactive instruction. Participants will observe through video modeling verbal behavior assessments and one-on-one instruction with children with autism. Participants will plan a VBA program and collect data for verbal operants using forms provided by the instructors.
Audience: This workshop is designed for a general audience of behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers, speech language pathologists, and teachers who serve children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders in clinical and school settings or home-based programs. It is also appropriate for parents who want to develop skills in the use of a behavioral approach to teaching language.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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