Sunday, March 6, 2016

Verbal Behavior - Billings

June 16 and 17, 2016

Attendance is limited to 75. 

You can register for the workshop here.  

Abstract:  The Verbal Behavior approach is a specialized type of Applied Behavior Analysis which focuses on the acquisition of functional language skills beginning with the Mand (request) and leading to complex Intraverbal repertoires.  It relies on a distinct set of knowledge and skills including discriminative stimuli, prompt hierarchies,  precision timing  and schedules of reinforcement, and error correction procedures. This two-day workshop will provide hands-on training in the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective verbal behavior programs.

Day 1:  Verbal Behavior – what it is, what it isn’t. Verbal Behavior vocabulary:  Mands, Tacts, Intraverbals and ‘frames’ like Stimulus Equivalence. Tools like the VB-MAPP and ABLLS-R for young learners, as well as the “essentials for Living” (functional language) for older students. 

Day 2: How-to-conduct a Verbal Behavior program for a variety of students at various levels of development.  Hands-on training all day.  Review.

Participants will be able to:
  •   Identify key components of Applied Behavior Analysis
  •   Determine the functions of behavior
  •   Recognize the four conditions of a Functional Behavior Analysis
  •   Define Verbal Behavior based on B.F. Skinner's work
  •   Understand the Verbal Operants of Verbal Behavior
  •   Demonstrate the transfer procedures between Verbal Operants
  •   Develop strategies of 1:1 and small group teaching procedures
  •   Choose assessment procedures based on student needs
  •   Select data collection methods based on student needs
  •   Develop a Verbal Behavior based learning program for students based on assessment and data