This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills, and also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior, and there is also useful information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills, that would benefit any child. This book will enable parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of ABA and VB to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.
Mary Lynch Barbera, RN, MSN, BCBA, is a Registered Nurse and the lead Behavior Analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project studying the effect of verbal behavior techniques in classrooms throughout Pennsylvania. She is the mother of a 10-year-old son with autism.
Tracy Rasmussen is an award-winning journalist of over 25 years with a specialty in medical reporting.
"This book is an important one. Parents will be delighted with its easy and practical approach. It fills a void that currently exists for families trying to figure out how to do a VB approach. Furthermore, it explains a great deal about how ABA approaches behavior and teaching. The sections on rapport building, the importance of motivation, errorless teaching, and reinforcement are well-written, accurate, and perfectly suited to the needs of parents and professionals new to this approach. Her words of advice to families are spoken from the heart and are very wise."--Mary Jane Weiss, Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention
"Barbera is not only accurate, but easy to understand‰Û_her personal experience in this area makes her explanations and instructions entertaining and easy to apply."--Dr. Jack Michael, Editor, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior
"An easy to follow guide that works. The Verbal Behavior approach is motivation driven, creating the desire to learn.-- Kathleen Ricca, MEd, parent of a three-year-old boy with autism
Foreword by Mark L. Sundberg, BCBA. 176 pages. 2007