Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W63
CE Offered: BACB
Verbal Behavior Stimulus Control Ratio Equations
Friday, May 25, 2018
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom C
Area: VRB/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lee L. Mason, Ph.D.
LEE L. MASON (University of Texas at San Antonio), ALONZO ALFREDO ANDREWS (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
Description: Skinner (1957) writes, "It is my belief that something like the present analysis reduces the total vocabulary needed for a scientific account." In many ways, then, this seems to me to be a better way of talking about verbal behavior" (p. 456). Language is a much sought after, yet elusive subject matter for scientific investigation. Skinner (1957) proposed that language fell within the scope of a science of behavior, and was therefore open to functional analysis and interpretation. Over the past 60 years, much has been done to further the scientific explanation, prediction, and control of verbal behavior as a function of environmental variables. This workshop provides a hands-on approach to conducting the Verbal Behavior Stimulus Control Ratio Equation (SCoRE), and analyzing the results of this assessment for developing individualized treatment plans for individuals with autism and other language disorders. Specifically, we describe language as a continuous variable, and explain procedures for assessing and remediating verbal behavior deficits. The procedures described in this workshop are empirically supported (Lerman et al., 2005; Mason & Andrews, 2014), and conceptually systematic with a behavior-analytic approach to language assessment and intervention (Mason & Andrews, In Press).
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the strength of verbal operants in relation to one another; (2) conduct a verbal operant analysis; (3) derive individualized treatment objectives from a stimulus control ratio; and (4) explain the process for transferring stimulus control across verbal operants.
Activities: The format combines lecture, small group activities, guided practice, and frequency building exercises.
Audience: Participants should be familiar with the elementary verbal operants as described by Skinner (1957).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Control Ratios, Stimulus Equivalence, Transferring Control, Verbal Operants



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