Association for Behavior Analysis International

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  • AUT: Autism

    CBM: Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine

    CSS: Community, Social, and Sustainability Issues

    DDA: Developmental Disabilities

    DEV: Behavioral Development

    EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior

    EDC: Education

    OBM: Organizational Behavior Management

    PCH: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues

    TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis

    VRB: Verbal Behavior

13th Annual Autism Conference; San Francisco, CA; 2019

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Invited Paper Session #13

Stimulus Control of Verbal Behavior: Practical Lessons From Applied and Basic Research

Saturday, January 19, 2019
2:50 PM–3:40 PM
Grand Ballroom A-C
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Einar Ingvarsson, Ph.D.
Chair: Joseph H. Cihon (Autism Partnership Foundation; Endicott College)
EINAR INGVARSSON (Virginia Institute of Autism)
Einar T. Ingvarsson is the Director of Clinical Services at the Virginia Institute of Autism in Charlottesville and part-time lecturer at Reykjavik University in Iceland. He received a master’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas in 2002 and a PhD in behavioral psychology from the University of Kansas in 2005. Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and then spent two years as assistant professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. From 2008 to 2017, he worked as a research scientist at the University of North Texas and Program Director at the Child Study Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Einar previously served as associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB). He currently serves on the editorial boards of JABA, TAVB, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, and Psychological Record. Einar previously served as the president of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA). His primary research interests are in the areas of verbal behavior and social skills instruction for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, as well as the functional assessment and treatment of problem behavior. He has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior has had significant influence on behavioral interventions for individuals with ASD. Yet, questions are still raised about the extent to which Skinnerian behavior analysis can account for a flexible and generative verbal repertoire. However, careful attention to basic behavioral principles, including stimulus control, can lead to outcomes that go beyond what was directly taught. The stimulus control preparations that are arranged during acquisition have great implications for generalization, as well as the emergence of novel (untrained) verbal behavior. Assessment of stimuli that influence behavior in the everyday environment is equally important. In the current talk, I will discuss research on establishing appropriate stimulus control over verbal behavior (particularly tacts and intraverbals). I will also discuss the implications of stimulus control for establishing a generative verbal repertoire (e.g., emergent intraverbals) and programming for generalization and maintenance across a variety of environmental contexts.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the characteristic stimulus control of intraverbals, tacts, and echoic behavior; (2) define conditional stimulus control and describe its importance for the acquisition of verbal behavior; (3) name examples of stimuli that control tacts and intraverbals in the natural environment; (4) define emergent intraverbal behavior and state its importance for a flexible and generative verbal repertoire.



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