Teaching or improving speech skills is a critical goal in many instructional programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. However, many professionals are unsure how to design and organize a speech-teaching program or how to best collaborate with speech pathologists who are providing such treatment. In this presentation, Dr. Esch will discuss some of the basics and not-so-basics of speech instruction including an overview of speech production, pre-skills needed for speech learning, assessment of existing speech repertoires, target selection sequence, and the role of echoic and vocal mand training in speech acquisition. A model will be provided for developing a speech-training program. The talk will include a review of several evidence based behavioral training procedures aimed at developing vocal (speech) skills within the context of the verbal operants (Skinner, 1957). Finally, Dr. Esch will discuss some common instructional errors in speech teaching and suggest alternatives to these.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania