The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders by Mary Lynch Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA with Tracy Rasmussen and foreword by Dr. Mark Sundberg enables parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to get started immediately using the verbal behavior approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.
In this book, Dr. Mary Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also as a parent of a son with autism to explain ABA and VB and how to apply it for children on the autism spectrum.
- Step-by-step guide for parents and professionals
- Explains how to help children with autism develop better language and learning skills while reducing problem behaviors
- One chapter focuses on how to teach children who do not yet speak to use sign language as a bridge to vocal language and also explains how to get more words from children who do speak.
- An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior
- This easy-to-read book also contains information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills.
- Dr. Barbera puts on her “BCBA hat” and “parent hat” throughout the book and also discusses important topics such as denial, coping, and advocacy.
“An amazing book that combines detailed instructions for parents on how to get started using ABA/VB with a little bit of emotional support to let them know that they are not alone.”Trish Cuce, Mother of Lindsay, a daughter with Autism, Teacher & Consultant for children with Autism, Founder of POAC of PA
“… Barbera is not only accurate, but easy to understand. And her personal experience in this area makes her explanations and instructions entertaining and easy to apply. It is a very good book in all respects.”Dr. Jack Michael
“I am impressed with both the content and the clarity of your writing. I taught a class on verbal behavior once a year for 25 years. How I wish I could have had your book during that time….Your dedication to Lucas and Spencer brought tears to my eyes.”John O. Cooper, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus of Education, The Ohio State University
One of the most valuable books for parents of children with autism since Let me hear your voice by Catherine Maurice.Mark Sundberg, PhD, BCBA, Author of the VB-MAPP
Professional Book Reviews
“This is an informative and important addition to the books that exist for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. While the interest in Verbal Behavior programming for learners with autism has mushroomed over the past few years, there is a paucity of books outlining how to implement the approach, and this book addresses that need. Furthermore, it is a very easy-to-read and parent-friendly book. Families will find the specific “how-to” approach to be extremely useful.”Weiss, M.J. (2007). Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, 4(2), 526-531. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_6887/is_2_4/ai_n28461099/
“Until now, there has been no “easy to read” manual available to teach the principles of the Verbal Behavior Approach and methods to utilize when working with students with autism or related disorders. The Verbal Behavior Approach serves as a practical and thorough guide on the principles of using the Verbal Behavior Approach for children with autism. Difficult terms are translated into easy-to-understand layman’s terms, which would be very useful for first-time learners and practicing clinicians unfamiliar with the Verbal Behavior Approach.”Barnes, K. (2007). International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 3(2), 322-323. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_6886/is_2_3/ai_n28461304/
“A succinct, intelligible tour of an effective intervention for autistic children through both speech and non-verbal communication. Autistic children frequently experience language delays and disorders. Behavioral analyst Barbera, whose first son has autism, explores the Verbal Behavior (VB) approach, in conjunction with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), to aid his communication skills, as well as providing abundant other examples of its successful application. VB is a refinement of B.F. Skinner’s pioneering work on language and operates under the conviction that expressive language is behavioral, rather than purely cognitive. Barbera takes Skinner’s arcane language and renders it not only clear but convincing.”Kirkus Reports
“Focusing mostly on the pragmatic issues parents and professionals will face when initiating an Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) program for a child with autism, The Verbal Behavior Approach gives novices a logical, useful, and reader-friendly book that will assist them in a search for practical advice on AVB. The Verbal Behavior Approach provides useful information and resources for immediate application, accomplishing the book’s main objective, providing for rapid implementation of an AVB program.”Wilde, N.C., Evans, V.A., & Axelrod, S. (2007). The Behavior Analyst Today, 8(3), 360-362. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_6884/is_3_8/ai_n28461026/