A Behavioral Approach to Language Assessment and Intervention for Children with Autism

Presenter: Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA
Friday, April 15, 2016: 9:30am - 12:30pm & 2:00pm - 5:00pm
6 BACB Type II CEUs (included in the price of registration)

This workshop will cover the basic elements of the applied behavior analysis/verbal behavior (ABA/VB) approach to language assessment and intervention for children with autism or other types of developmental disabilities. During the morning session the focus will be on how to use a behavioral analysis of language to assess a child’s language and social skills, as well as his potential barriers to language acquisition, using the VB-MAPP assessment program. Participants will then learn how to use the results of the assessment to determine an individual child’s immediate intervention priorities. During the afternoon session the focus will be developing an individualized intervention program. Several teaching procedures will be described (e.g., early mand skills, listener discrimnations, intraverbal development). Additional topics discussed over the course of the workshop will include vocabulary selection and tracking, data collection, behavior problems, inclusion, and peer interaction. 

Learning objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define and exemplify the basic elements of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior
  2. Participants will be able to describe the five components of the VB-MAPP 
  3. Participants will be able to use the VB-MAPP to identify intervention priorities for 
  4. children with autism
  5. Participants will be able to explain how to teach an early mand repertoire, as well as how to develop listener, tact, and intraverbal skills

Workshop materials

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VB-MAPP Powerpoint Presentation