Many of the key components for advancing verbal and social development have been identified in research, as have several protocols to establish missing development. I shall outline a few of these and explain how each of these is related to learned social reinforcers. Verbal behavior is social and social behavior is verbal. The foundations for social and verbal behavior consist of a hierarchy of learned reinforcers. Real progress requires educators and therapists to focus on establishing the learned natural reinforcers for social and verbal behavior rather the topography of behavior. Social and verbal behaviors are inseparable from function and function is synonymous with particular types of reinforcers.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania