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The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 229–259 | Cite as

Empirical Application of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior to Interventions for Children with Autism: A Review

  • Andresa A. DeSouza
  • Jessica S. Akers
  • Wayne W. FisherEmail author
Discussion/Review Article

Abstract

Sundberg and Michael (2011) reviewed the contributions of Skinner’s (1957) Verbal Behavior to the treatment of language delays in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and discussed several aspects of interventions, including mand training, intraverbal repertoire development, and the importance of using Skinner’s taxonomy of verbal behavior in the clinical context. In this article, we provide an update of Sundberg and Michael’s review and expand on some discussion topics. We conducted a systematic review of studies that focused on Skinner’s verbal operants in interventions for children with ASD that were published from 2001 to 2017 and discussed the findings in terms of journal source, frequency, and type of verbal operant studied.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Language intervention Skinner Systematic review Verbal behavior Verbal operants 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest

All the authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and animal studies

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andresa A. DeSouza
    • 1
  • Jessica S. Akers
    • 2
  • Wayne W. Fisher
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Marcus Autism CenterEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyBaylor UniversityWacoUSA
  3. 3.Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Munroe-Meyer InstituteUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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