Research on the use of Skinner's (1957) conceptualization of verbal behavior to teach language and communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is published with increasing frequency. This research appears in many different journals, making it cumbersome for practitioners to follow and stay up to date with the literature. The purpose of this presentation is to summarize and synthesize information from recently published research in this area. A brief introduction to general trends in verbal behavior research will be followed by a comprehensive summary of recently published (within the last two years) studies that cover procedures for teaching mands, tacts, intraverbals, and complex verbal operants to individuals with ASD. Specific themes that emerge from these studies will be discussed, focusing on implications for practice.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania