Verbal Behavior Therapy (VB) is a method that teaches communication using the principles of behavior modification and the theories of behaviorist B.F. Skinner. VB focuses on helping children understand the benefits of using language. At its core VB teaches children to make simple requests through language, picture exchange and pointing to a desired object. As reinforcement the child is given the item they requested immediately after the desired behavior is achieved. VB emphasizes the relationship building part of communication, rather than the rote, repetitive table style learning of ABA. A VB program can involve a minimum of 1 to 3 hours of therapy per week. Instructors can train parents and other caregivers to use verbal-behavior principles throughout the child's life.
Verbal Behavior/Applied Verbal Behavior
Description: The Association for Science in Autism Treatment is a comprehensive website focusing on various treatments for children with autism, including this article on ABA/VB.
Play Connections Autism Intervention Center
Description: The Autism Intervention Center provides detailed information on Verbal Behavior.
What is Verbal Behavior?
Description: This website provides extensive information and resources for individuals looking for VB support.
Description: This site is the clinic of Dr. Vince Carbone who has been providing services of Verbal Language since the 1990s.
Let’s Talk Speech and Language Services
Description: This website is an excellent resource for further information on VB and ABA therapies allowing you to ask questions and compare the therapies.
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Forum/Blog Name: Autism: AVB: ABA: Verbal Behavior
Description: One of the most complex tasks both parents and professionals face is developing and implementing an effective language intervention for children with autism. Parents and professionals are finding that BOTH Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Training (NET), together with the help of Skinner's (1957) Functional Analysis of Verbal Behavior to be very effective for children with autism.
Forum/Blog Name: Verbal Behavior Center for Autism
Description: A non-profit group that is partnering with parents of children with autism to provide ABA/VB services.
Forum/Blog Name: ABA & Teaching Verbal Behavior
Description: This high volume moderated forum is used for teaching verbal behavior (VB) within a program of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Discussions include difficulties in the development of communication seen in most individuals with autism and other related disabilities, with an emphasis on functional language and motivational variables using ABA techniques.