Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Symposium #32
CE Offered: BACB
The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP): Field-Test Data from Typical Children and Children with Autism.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
Elizabeth A
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Mark L. Sundberg (Sundberg and Associates)
CE Instructor: Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D.

The VB-MAPP is designed to assess the verbal and social repertoires of a child with autism or other developmental disabilities in a brief and efficient manner. This assessment tool is based on Skinners analysis of verbal behavior, typical language developmental milestones, and field-test data from over 60 typically developing children and over 100 children with autism. The VB-MAPP contains 150 verbal behavior milestones across 3 levels and 14 different skill areas, as well as a more detailed task analysis and progress scoring system for each verbal operant. The results from the VB-MAPP assessment will suggest specific IEP goals, where to place a child in the verbal behavior curriculum, and will correspond with the specific intervention procedures designed to teach the absent or defective repertoires. The current symposium will present the basic components of the VB-MAPP as well as field-data from typical children, and children with autism.

The VB-MAPP: An Overview and Field-Test Data from Oregon and California.
MARK L. SUNDBERG (Sundberg and Associates), Lisa M. Hale (Seattle, OR)
Abstract: The basic structure of the VB-MAPP will be presented and how it can be used to place a child in a verbal behavior intervention program. Data from typically developing children will be presented to demonstrate how various items were sequenced. In addition, data will be presented from children with autism who have been assessed and placed by using the VB-MAPP.
A Description of a Preliminary Sample of the VB-MAPP as an Outcome Measure.
MICHAEL MIKLOS (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network)
Abstract: This presentation will review outcome results for administration of the VB-MAPP with a sample of students presenting autism. VB-MAPP scores will be compared with other assessment findings compiled for the sample. The presentation will include a discussion of validity issues in terms of target behavior definition and functional levels across verbal operant categories. Data on approximately 30 students will be presented and will be compared with individual student functional levels on other language and developmental assessments. The presentation will address the question: Does the VB-MAPP identify levels of language functioning that are consistent with socially acceptable standards, while allowing for pin-pointed selection of target skills?
Programming with the VB-MAPP in the Pennsylvania VB Project.
WILLIAM A. GALBRAITH (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network)
Abstract: A preliminary report of measured change in repertoires of verbal operants using the VB-MAPP for participating students will be presented. The changes in repertoires will be discussed in relation to instructional programming derived from the VB-MAPP protocol. Assessment protocols and teaching programs for several students will be reviewed.
Field-Test Data on the VB-MAPP from the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism, Indianapolis, IN.
CARL T. SUNDBERG (Verbal Behavior Center for Autism)
Abstract: The VB-MAPP was used to assess a variety of children with autism to determine their current levels of language and social skills. These children were then placed in a verbal behavior intervention program and outcome measures were obtained. Various aspects of the VB-MAPP as a tool for language and social assessment will be discussed along with recommendations for adjustments in the program.



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