Teaching Expressive Language - U

Teaching Expressive Language  - U 

Many individuals with autism or other developmental delays do not acquire verbal language skills in the same way as their peers. This course provides an overview of verbal operants and how they are addressed in ABA programs. Video examples and interactions provide practice on key concepts.  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: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-ECHOICS-V2U
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Learning Objectives:
Describe functions of verbal behavior.
Explain how the various types of expressive language is cued and reinforced.
Use discrete trials to teach expressive language skills.
Use naturalistic teaching techniques to teach expressive language.

Teaching Expressive Language

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: How People Learn to Speak

The Joy of Hearing the First Word

Typical Language Development

Behavior Analytic Approach to Language Development



Section 3: Mands

Language Rich vs. Systematic

Mands: First Communication

The Problem of Defective Mands

Assessing Mand Repertoires

Using the Natural Environment to Teach Mands

Teaching Mands Using Discrete Trials

Transfer Trials

Expanding the Use of Mands



Section 4: Tacts and Echoics

Mason Is Really Talking

What Are Tacts?

Tact Training




Section 5: Advanced Expressive Language Skills

Having a Conversation

What are Intraverbals?

Rote vs. Meaningful Intraverbals

Fine-Tuning Expressive Language



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors



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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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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