The Central Texas Autism Center’s Kelle Wood Rich on Verbal Behavior Therapy

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Mentor Practitioners & Researchers Who Utilize Verbal Behavior in their Professions

"Our goal in starting this conference is to highlight, support, and mentor practitioners and researchers who utilize the theoretical, practical and empirical information about verbal behavior in their professions".

April 5-6, 2018): The Central Texas Autism Center is hosting their first annual Verbal Behavior Conference to further explore the teachings of Verbal Behavior (VB); a methodology that is utilized to improve the functional skills for those unable to use language efficiently. Stemming from the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behavior Therapy improves communication skills by connecting words to their appropriate functions. Verbal Behavior, also known as VB, is a method of teaching language that focuses on the idea that a meaning of a word is found in their functions. The term was coined by B.F. Skinner. To teach a child with language delays a meaning of a word, one must first teach its function. Language is divided up into different verbal operants such as mands (requesting), tacts (labeling), echoics (vocal imitation), and intraverbals (conversation). By learning words functionally through reinforcement and dividing language into specific objectives, an individual can enhance their communication skills over time.

According to Kelle Wood Rich, Owner and Founder of the Central Texas Autism Center, "Our goal in starting this conference is to highlight, support, and mentor practitioners and researchers who utilize the theoretical, practical and empirical information about verbal behavior in their professions". Language is complex and the development of essential language skills is imperative to an individual's social growth.

The conference will take place at the University of Texas Commons Learning Center and will feature Dr. Mark Sundberg, BCBA-D, and author of The VB-MAPP. Dr. Sundberg is the founder and past editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and has published over 50 professional papers. Dr. Vince Carbone, BCBA-D is the Executive Director of the Carbone Clinics will also be featured having over 35 years experience in designing learning environments for individuals with developmental disabilities. Furthermore, the expertise of Dr. Patrick McGreevy, BCBA-D, author of the Essential for Living (EFL) curriculum will be showcased. Dr. Patrick has served as a functional life skills consultant to school districts and residential programs for over 30 years. All professionals will provide valuable insight into Verbal Behavior Therapy and stimulate conversation surrounding the utilization of VB in respect to their professions.

The Central Texas Autism Center is a leader improving socially significant behaviors in children and adults with autism. Kelle Wood Rich has begun this annual conference in the hopes of educating and inspiring other mentors and professionals in her field to identify and employ innovative teaching methods. For further registration information visit ctac1.com/vbc, and be a part of the conversation surrounding the benefits of Verbal Behavior Therapy.

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