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Hands on Verbal Behavior

Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, BCBA and Richard Stock BCBA, ABA Learning Centre
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Who is this Workshop for? This workshop is designed to provide teachers, special education assistants and behavior interventionists with guided practice in implementation of applied behavior analysis teaching methods described by the presenters in "An Introduction to the Verbal Behavior Approach to ABA". For more information on VB, go to

The Workshop Substantial time will be dedicated to guided practice in methods of effective instruction as demonstrated by video during the Intro to VB Workshop. Each participant will have the opportunity for individualized feedback regarding teaching methods.

  • Instruction and supervised practice are provided for the following areas:
  • Establishing instructional control with an unwilling learner.
  • Manipulating motivational operations (MO) during teaching opportunities to maintain attention and maximize learning.
  • Using the findings of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills Revised (ABLLS-R) to develop instructional objectives.
  • Transitioning from sign language to vocal verbal behavior.
  • Manipulating MO to teach early to advanced manding skills.
  • Teaching early to advanced skills within the following areas: receptive, visual performance, motor imitation, tacting, and intraverbals.
  • Organizing program materials.
  • Recording data that guides teaching.
Prerequisites: Substantial understanding of the terminology of Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior is a prerequisite for this fast-paced course. Attendance in an Introduction to Verbal Behavior workshop or equivalent training and experience in teaching children with autism in either the home or school setting is also necessary for participants to get the full benefit of this opportunity. All participants must be prepared to be actively engaged in the hands-on exercises. Participants should bring a completed ABLLS or ABLLS-R for a child so activities can be applied to programming for a "real" child. Each participant will receive a certificate of participation if they complete the full three days.

Date: Thursday–Saturday, April 2 - 4, 2009, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Workshop Location: Room 1300/1500
Segal Graduate School of Business
Simon Fraser University - Downtown Campus
500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Workshop Schedule
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 (Day 1 only)
Session One: 9:00 – 10:30
Break - Coffee Served: 10:30 – 10:45
Session Two: 10:45 – 12:00
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 (on your own)
Session Three: 1:00 – 2:15
Break - Refreshments Served: 2:15 – 2:30
Session Four: 2:30   – 3:30

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Delta Vancouver Suites - 1.888.663.8811
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