Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W44
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using the VB-MAPP to Assess and Program for Early and Intermediate Learners With Autism
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom B
Area: AUT/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mary Lynch Barbera, Ph.D.
MARY LYNCH BARBERA (Barbera Behavior Consulting, LLC)
Description: Children with autism need effective and individualized ABA programming in order to reach their fullest potentials. This workshop will utilize B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and specifically Dr. Mark Sundberg’s VB-MAPP Assessment and Curriculum Guide (2008) to provide a framework for assessing and programming for children with autism. Dr. Barbera will give an overview of her book: The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders (2007) and the VB-MAPP (Sundberg, 2008). She will then highlight several strategies that can be implemented immediately to assess and teach early and intermediate learners more effectively. In addition to providing participants with specific ways to improve milestone scores, especially in the areas of language, this workshop will also provide information on ways to reduce scores on the barriers assessment and strategies to improve transition assessment scores on the VB-MAPP for both early and intermediate learners.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Discuss advantages of utilizing B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and utilizing the VB-MAPP for assessing and programming for early and intermediate learners with autism; (2) Discuss the general abilities of Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 VB-MAPP learners and general programming guidelines based on each level; (3) Describe 3 strategies to reduce the Barriers assessment score on the VB-MAPP; (4) Discuss the importance of utilizing all parts of the VB-MAPP including the transition assessment and using this tool to program for skills such as toileting, feeding, and self-care.
Activities: Through lecture, video examples and group activities, the participants will leave with a better understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis utilizing the VB-MAPP assessment and curriculum guide as it relates to programming for both early and intermediate learners with autism.
Audience: The primary audience for this workshop is BCBAs, licensed psychologists, and educators working in ABA settings with children with autism. Participants should have some familiarity with Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, the elementary verbal operants and the VB-MAPP. BCaBAs, students, and parents with strong backgrounds in ABA/VB are also welcome.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): VB Approach, VB-MAPP



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