Praise for Mary's work

Praise for the Online Courses E-Course

Kristen, a BCBA since 2013 who is Now Enrolled in a PhD Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
Kelsey, a Single Mom Living in Canada with Two Boys under the Age of 3, One Diagnosed with Autism
Rosemarie, a Speech and Language Pathologist and a BCBA
Dr. Jill Forte, an Autism Mom Turned BCBA in 2011
Cathy, an Instructional Assistant in Austria who is Working with a Young Teen who was Completely Non-Vocal Just a Few Months Ago, When Cathy First Joined
Anna, an Autism Mom to a 10-Year-Old Son

"…detailed, but not overwhelming; comprehensive, but tailored to early learners; informative, but to the point; and always focused on how to practically help children with autism. An amazing feat!"

Magui M., Parent to a 4-year-old son with Autism, Scotland


"I loved the example videos within the course and how Mary showed how to cost effectively set up a program from scratch!"

Mary Robinett, BCBA, Ohio


"Your ABA/VB online group is, without a doubt, the most efficient and effective tool I have used in 30 years of practice. I love it!"

Karen Weisz, BCBA, Massachusetts


"The biggest impression was seeing the difference between some of the ABA videos in the past where children seemed like robots or were displaying horrible behaviors, compared to Mary’s videos where the children are happy, learning well and seem a lot more natural!"

Mags Kirk, Speech and Language Therapist, United Kingdom


"A revolutionary online course for professionals and parents that clearly shows effective techniques and strategies to improve language, communication and behavior. Dr. Mary Lynch Barbera’s unique ability to simplify complex information shows once again in this invaluable online training course which benefits individuals affected by autism around the world."

Fabienne Serna, MHR, Parent of a child affected by Autism, and Autismus Consultant, Switzerland


"The whole course was a wonderful experience for me. I am a BCBA and saw Mary present two years ago (which I loved) and refer to The Verbal Behavior Approach book often. I registered for this course without hesitation and was so happy I did!"

Kristen Colyer, BCBA, Maryland


"I work independently in a rural area and do not have colleagues in my area with Mary’s knowledge and expertise. She provides behavior analytic training that is relevant and practical without being overwhelming."

Ginger Canty, BCBA


"I hardly ever used Facebook before joining this course, but I realized the power of connecting with different people through this medium. I felt I could share any problem I was facing, and Mary and other members of the group would respond so quickly."

Shubada, Mom to a 10-year-old son with Autism, New Jersey


"Mary gives practical advice that anyone can follow and use everyday. She has given me the confidence and knowledge to take my son’s therapy to a new level. One word EMPOWERMENT!!!"

Peter T., Parent to a 6-year-old boy with ASD, Australia


"In 5 weeks, my son’s language doubled using the program!"

Barbra, Mom to 3-year-old newly diagnosed with Autism, Iowa

Praise for the book

“The Verbal Behavior Approach”

"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

"Written with style, warmth and real know-how, Mary Barbera has managed to combine valuable therapeutic advice with her own eloquent story."

Eustacia Cutler, Author of "A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin’s Mother Tells the Family Story"

"This book is a must have for the parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with Autism and related disorders. Mary takes the guess work out of which approach is the most beneficial by providing empirically based research in the form of an easy “How-To” guide."

Tammy Maher, M.Ed., BCBA, Mother of a Child with Autism

"I just want to express how much I loved your book ‘The Verbal Behavior Approach’!!! My son is 4 and has just been diagnosed – your book has saved my life!!!"

Laura Ferguson, Lakewood, CO

"Wow what an excellent book! I wish it would have been available when my daughter, Sarah, was first diagnosed. Mary has done a great service to children with autism and their families by writing this wonderful resource."

Liz Maher, Mother of a Daughter with Autism

"What a wonderful book! I typically get glazed over with the intensity of ABA/VB. This was an easy read that provided clear cut, practical information that families and professionals can effectively use."

Traci L. Plunkett, Parent of a Son with PDD-NOS

"I just had to take a moment to tell you this book takes a lot of information and makes it feel like I can do this!!! My four-year-old son is autistic, and he is in a vb program at school 20 hours a week. My daughter is 2, and may be autistic (not sure, yet) and I want to start her on vb because it sure can’t hurt, and might help immensely. You have made a difference in both of these children’s lives (and many more, I’m sure) by writing such a practical, easy to implement book. Thank you!"

Christine Wolk

"… 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

"Mary’s book is written in an organized, easy-to-understand format that will provide parents with a specific plan to begin meaningful language instruction with their child with autism. Readers will benefit from the clear and concise descriptions of behavioral procedures. Parents will feel empowered as they learn how to create significant, positive changes in their children’s lives."

Amy Macfarlane, MBA, BCBA, Director/Consultant, Novel Responses, Inc. and Mother of a Son Diagnosed with Autism at age 3

"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

"As a dedicated and caring parent, Mary has demonstrated her commitment to all children with autism by writing such a thoughtful and useful book."

Rick Kubina, Ph.D., BCBA

"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

"A truly remarkable book that is clearly written, well organized, and a thorough compilation of important information and advice. This book provides a friendly voice that will assist parents, educators, and other professionals in utilizing these techniques with children with autism. It is a must have for anyone who knows, lives with, or teaches a child with autism spectrum disorder."

Kimberly Barnes M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist

"This book provides parents with down-to-earth information. A welcome addition to the literature for parents of young children with autistic spectrum disorder, or other developmental disabilities requiring intensive behavioral intervention."

James Coplan, MD, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician

"This is an easy to follow, engaging book which is a wonderful starting point for parents and professionals to work together in changing behavior and increasing language in children with delays. Ms. Barbera’s thoughtful insights and experiences empower parents, teachers, and therapists by giving them the knowledge base and confidence to begin to work with their children using an ABA/VB approach."

Dore Blanchet MS., OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

"Mary’s book nicely presents what Verbal Behavior is, why we teach it the way we do and how to get started with your child’s VB program. All of this is written in an easy to understand and entertaining manner. What a great resource especially for parents! With clear, concise explanations and examples, heartfelt stories and helpful resources listed throughout, Mary has provided the community with a nice description of teaching verbal behavior. Every parent of a newly diagnosed child should own a copy of this book."

Holly Kibbe, MS, BCBA, Establishing Operations, Inc.

"This extraordinary book is at once both a human portrait of success in the face of struggle and a technical manual offering guidance to parents in an approach that Ms. Barbera found to be so very helpful – the Verbal Behavior Approach. But I believe that the book offers more than this. It is a practical approach and a testament to a person who needed to struggle to grasp very abstract concepts and integrate complex theoretical arguments from a field to help her child. How that gets mixed together is the core of this book."

Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D, LPC, BCBA

"This book accomplishes many things that few such works do–it pairs sound research with concrete examples; is accessible to the expert and novice alike, and touches the heart without sacrificing professionalism."

Anne A. Skleder, Ph.D., Provost, Cabrini College