Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

2013 Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar

Verbal Behavior Interventions

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1698-3_373
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Verbal Behavior, Verbal Behavior intervention, or Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB), is an application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy that incorporates B. F. Skinner’s 1957functional analysis of the acquisition of language in individuals. Skinner’s book only describes verbal behavior and does not specifically describe how to apply verbal behavior in an intervention setting. The primary focus in Verbal Behavior intervention is to identify deficits in an individual’s functional language and skills to determine how to best capture a child’s motivation. This motivation helps to pair the value of a word and the word itself; this is done through behavior training. Verbal Behavior intervention used with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often works on mastering four distinct components of Skinner’s verbal behavior (i.e., mands, tacts, echoics, and intraverbals). Additional verbal intervention can be completed on receptive skills (in the areas of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA
  2. 2.Sonya Ansari Center for Autism, LOGAN CenterSouth BendUSA