Mands are recommended as one of the initial targets in an early and intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) program due to the benefits it offers the speaker (Sundberg and Michael, 2002). Mands for information may contribute to the expansion of verbal repertoires, efficient navigation of the speaker's environment, and are critical to social and academic success. Therefore, it is important to employ effective, research-supported methods to teach mands. This presentation will focus on the research literature on teaching basic mands (mands for items and activities) and mands for information, and on procedures related to teaching mands to individuals diagnosed with autism. We will review the most current research literature on teaching mands for information. A brief description of the motivating operation (MO) will be presented, and its role in teaching mands will be highlighted. Attendees will practice developing teaching procedures to teach basic mands and mands for information with special consideration to contriving the relevant MO and to integrating multiple teaching opportunities throughout the day.
July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania