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

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.

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DeSouza, A.A., Akers, J.S. & Fisher, W.W. Empirical Application of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior to Interventions for Children with Autism: A Review. Analysis Verbal Behav 33, 229–259 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40616-017-0093-7

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Keywords

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