Methods and Strategies: Verbal Behavior

Verbal Behavior, sometimes referred to as Verbal Behavior Analysis or VBA, uses the principles of applied behavioral analysis and is similar in method to discrete trial training. This approach is based on B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and uses errorless teaching, specific quicktransfer (prompting and fading) procedures, and the use of both discrete trial training in the natural environment and during intensive teaching sessions. Children with no spoken language are often taught the use of sign language as a communication “bridge.”

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