Teaching Receptive Language Skills

Teaching Receptive Language Skills 

Key elements in this chapter include an overview and explanation of receptive language as it applies to listener responding. A discussion of the how the learner (who is responding as a listener) develops skills is this area provided and comparisons are made between typical children and children with ASD. Three types of receptive language training programs for early learners are presented in detail. The ABCs of receptive language are reviewed and appropriate teaching and generalization strategies are described. LRFFC is defined and strategies to use LRFFC to increase the complexity of receptive language/listener responding skills are discussed. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB. Current Link: https://bacb.com/rbt-task-list/


Hours: 1.25


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-TRL1-V2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Use strategies to teach individuals to respond to their name.
Use strategies to teach individuals to follow simple directions.
Use strategies to teach individuals to receptively discriminate.
Use strategies to teach individuals to identify items by specific characteristics.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: The Importance of Receptive Language Intervention

He Can Talk But Does He Listen?

The Importance of Listener Responding

Failure to Respond



Section 3: Sequence for Teaching Receptive Language Skills

Ready for Receptive Language Skills

Early Listener Responding Skills

Beginning Skills

Intermediate Skills

Advanced Skills



Section 4: A Structured Approach to Teaching Receptive Language

Leo’s Intervention Begins

Discrete Trials


Discrete Trials and Listener Responding



Section 5: Naturalistic Approaches to Teaching Receptive Language

Leo’s Progress

Natural Environment Teaching (NET)

Leo’s 6-Month Data



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Exam and BrainSparks

Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: Registered Behavior Technician; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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