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

by Mary Barbera and Tracy Rasmussen Jessica Kingsley US Titles
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‘An easy to follow guide that works. The Verbal Behavior Approach is motivation driven, creating the desire to learn.’
– Kathleen Ricca, M.Ed., parent of a three-year-old boy with autism

This book demonstrates how to apply the Verbal Behavior (VB) approach, an intervention used in conjunction with the Lovaas Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), with children with autism. The authors explain how VB fits in with existing ABA intervention to increase or improve speech and non-verbal communication, as well as self-help skills, in children with minimal or no speech abilities. Using this approach allows parents and professionals to build bridges by identifying the particular skills a child already has and working to improve them.

This book is a step-by-step guide to how parents and professionals can make this work for their children. Making use of case studies and lots of concrete examples, The Verbal Behavior Approach is easy to follow, and includes a particularly useful section on toilet training.

Introduction.1. Starting with ABA. 2. The ABCs of ABA. 3: Assessing Your Child. 4. Developing Reinforcers. 5. Manding. 6. Increasing and Improving Speech in Non-Vocal or Minimally Vocal Children. 7.Errorless Teaching and the Use of Transfer Procedures. 8. Teaching Receptive Language Skills and Other Non-Verbal Operants. 9. Teaching Verbal Operants. 10. Putting It All Together. 11. Teaching Toileting and Other Important Self-Help Skills. 12. Final Thoughts. Appendices. Subject index. Author index.

'''An easy to follow guide that works. The Verbal Behavior Approach is motivation driven, creating the desire to learn.' - Kathleen Ricca, M.Ed., parent of a three-year-old boy with autism''
Mary Barbera is the lead Behavior Analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project that studied the effect of Verbal Behavior Techniques in 57 classrooms throughout the State of Pennsylvania. Barbera was the founding President of the Autism Society of America’s Berks County Chapter and sits on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition for Autism Services. Tracy Rasmussen is an award-winning journalist of over 25 years with a specialty in medical reporting. She is a frequent speaker for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill on issues of mental health.