The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, May 15, 2007 - Education - 200 pages
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The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it. This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills, and also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior, and there is also useful information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills, that would benefit any child. This book will enable parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of ABA and VB to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.
 

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User Review  - justindtapp - LibraryThing

I bought The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children With Autism and Related Disorders to get some insights into the ABA methodology my son's therapists use. Barbera became a BCBA after her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alexis - Goodreads

This is a really helpful overview of the Verbal Behavior approach to ABA. It's aimed at both professionals and parents--I think it will be most useful to people who have some knowledge of ABA, but not ... Read full review

Contents

Starting with ABA
17
The ABCs of ABA
28
Assessing Your Child
47
Developing Reinforcers
58
Manding
71
Increasing and Improving Speech in NonVocal or Minimally Vocal Children
81
Errorless Teaching and the Use of Transfer Procedures
93
Teaching Receptive Language Skills and Other Nonverbal Operants
104
Final Thoughts
159
GLOSSARY OF TERMSACRONYMS
173
VERBAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT FORM
177
SIGN LANGUAGE EXAMPLES
182
SKILL TRACKING SHEETS
184
WEEKLY PROBE SHEETS
186
HELPFUL WEBSITES
189
REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING
191

Teaching Verbal Operants
118
Putting It All Together
132
Teaching Toileting and Other Important SelfHelp Skills
145

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Page 31 - Applied behavior analysis is the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate experimentally that the procedures employed were responsible for the improvement in behavior.
Page 191 - Carr, EG and Kemp, DC (1989). Functional equivalence of autistic leading and communicative pointing: Analysis and treatment. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 19, 561-578. Carr, EG and Kologinsky, E. (1983). Acquisition of sign language by autistic children II: Spontaneity and generalization effects. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 16, 297-314.
Page 191 - Using Transfer Procedures to Teach Tacts to a Child with Autism.
Page 9 - Behavioral approaches have been so successful that in 1999 the Surgeon General of the United States concluded that ABA was the treatment of choice for children with autism (Rosenwasser and Axelrod 2001).
Page 6 - Tracy for your support and encouragement, and for helping me get this book published! I would also like to...

About the author (2007)

Mary Lynch Barbera, Ph.D., RN, BCBA-D, is a Registered Nurse and a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. From 2003-2010, she was the lead Behavior Analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project studying the effect of Verbal Behavior Techniques in classrooms throughout the State of Pennsylvania. Barbera was the founding President of the Autism Society of America's Berks County Chapter, has worked with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum, and has extensive experience training a variety of professionals. She is the mother of a son with autism. Tracy Rasmussen is an award-winning journalist of over 25 years with a specialty in medical reporting. She has been a frequent speaker for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill on issues of mental health.

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