Incorporating the Analysis of Verbal Behavior into Intensive Behavioral Intervention Programs
Judah B. Axe, Ph.D., BCBA-D
3 Credits - BCBA Type II CEU
The analysis of verbal behavior, as first described by Skinner and then applied by Sundberg and others, allows practitioners to effectively teach communication skills to individuals with autism and other severe disabilities. This presentation has three major goals. The first goal is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the major verbal operants and other concepts from Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, including motivating operations, mands, tacts, echoics, intraverbals, and textual behavior. The second goal is to provide participants with research-based procedures to teach verbal behavior, including contriving motivating operations to teach mands, errorless teaching, quick transfer of stimulus control and other transfer-of-stimulus-control procedures, and using sign language and other augmentative communication systems. The third goal is to teach “the analysis” – that is, how to observe problems with a student’s verbal behavior and determine possible solutions. This analysis requires a careful and complete understanding of the analysis of verbal behavior and other basic concepts in behavior analysis.
Judah B. Axe, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor of Education and Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and the Director of the Special Education Program at Simmons. Dr. Axe received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. He conducts research with children with autism and related disabilities in the areas of verbal, social, and challenging behavior. Three current research topics are the effects of problem solving on recalling past events, conditioning praise as a reinforcer, and the effects of presession pairing on compliance and problem behavior. Dr. Axe’s research has been recognized by the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT). He has served on the editorial boards of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior Analysis and Practice, and the International Journal of Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Axe currently serves as the Chair of the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Co-Coordinator of the Verbal Behavior Area for the ABAI Conference, the Chair of the Student Relations Committee of BABAT, and a Trustee and the Continuing Education Coordinator of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
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