ABA for Verbal Behavior Disorders
Verbal Therapy Programs
These operants include:
What to Expect During an ABA Therapy Session
For many children, the focus of their programming is improving functional communication, specifically requesting skills. This is done throughout the session, but especially during NET. The therapist engages your child in an activity, creating opportunities to teach mands (requests for items/actions). For example, if playing with trains, the therapist can teach your child to request items such as trains, tracks, a bridge, and a tunnel, as well as actions such as pushing a train down the track, letting go of an item, and placing the track on the table. We also teach children to generalize requests to other settings, as well as promoting eye contact while making requests. Because each child presents a unique skillset, programming will be individualized for each child’s needs. Data collection methods are individualized to your child, but typically represent the percentage of requests that your child emitted independently. Our verbal behavior programming is based off of the PEAK curriculum (see our blog post for more information about why BCOTB uses PEAK over other curricula). If your child needs our assistance in areas that fall outside of this programming, our analysts can create individualized programs to suit their needs.
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Once the child has learned to do this, he or she will only receive a cookie or access to the playroom when they request it appropriately and not when they whine. We always try to reduce the likelihood that problem behavior will occur by regularly praising children or otherwise reinforcing appropriate behavior. Other times we may offer them a promise reinforcer, such as offering a small toy that will be given to the child if they transition from a preferred activity (playing) to a lesser preferred activity (work). The behavior plan will be individualized for your child’s challenging behaviors. We graph the rate of problem behavior daily in order to monitor progress.
Although Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) typically provide a wealth of information regarding your child’s problem behaviors, there are times when more intensive assessment procedures are necessary in order to pinpoint the factors maintaining the behaviors. A Functional Analysis (FA) can be conducted as a way to methodically test numerous variables so that our clinicians can confidently determine the function(s) of your child’s behavior and develop effective function-based intervention.
Our programming is based off of the Verbal Behavior Milestones and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) developmental curriculum. For more information, please contact us at 813-814-2000.