The Verbal Behavior Approach - How to teach children with autism and related disorders

Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera with Tracy Rasmussen

199 pages          2007

The Verbal Behavior (VB) Approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book, Dr. Lynch Barbera draws on her own experience as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and also a parent of a child with autism, to explain VB and how to use it.

This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills, and also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior, and there is also useful information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills that would benefit any child.

This book will enable parents and professionals unfamiliar with principles of ABA and VB to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior Approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.