What is Verbal Behavior Training?
Applied Verbal Behavior or VB is the latest style of ABA. It uses B. F. Skinner's1957 analysis of Verbal Behavior to teach and reinforce speech, along with other skills. Skinner described categories of speech, or verbal behavior:
Mands are requests ("I want a drink.")
Echoes are verbal imitations, ("Hi")
Tacts are labels ("toy," "elephant") and
Intraverbals are conversational responses. ("What do you want?")
A VB program will focus on getting a child to realize that language will get him what he wants, when he wants it. Requesting is often one of the first verbal skills taught; children are taught to use language to communicate, rather than just to label items. Learning how to make requests also should improve behavior.
Audrey Nadicksbernd, BCBA utilizing Verbal Behavior Training with a client with Autism.
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