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Verbal Behavior

Verbal Behavior

Who & Where: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) typically leads a team of paraprofessionals working 1:1 with child in home.  Sometimes in schools.

Verbal Behavior or VB is a form of ABA. It uses B.F. Skinner’s 1957 analysis of Verbal Behavior to teach and reinforce speech, along with other skills. Skinner described categories of speech, or verbal behavior:

  • Mands are requests (“I want a drink.”)
  • Echoes are verbal imitations,
  • Tacts are labels (“toy,” “elephant”) and
  • Intraverbals are conversational responses (“What do you want?”).

A VB program will focus on getting a child to realize that language will get him what he wants, when he wants it. Requesting is often one of the first verbal skills taught; children are taught to use language to communicate, rather than just to label items. Learning how to make requests also should improve behavior. Some parents say VB is a more natural form of ABA.

Who Pays: Insurance, School, Private Pay

For more info: Autism Teaching Methods: Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior

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