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Verbal Behavior Training In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)




Verbal Behavior Training 

Using the behavior analytic theories of B.F. Skinner, verbal behavior training employs systematic reinforcement methods to increase a learner's verbal repertoire using speech, picture exchange items (PECs), or augmentative communication devices as needed. Focused on the social interactions between speakers and listeners, a child who is non-verbal or has limited speech (speaker) may gain access to reinforcement by simply engaging with the therapist (or listener). In behavior analytic terms, verbal behavior is not the same as vocal behavior as it takes into account a variety of nonvocal cues that function as independent forms of communication, ex. pointing, writing, or typing.




 

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