Unlocking The VB-MAPP: Expert Tips & Insights

By: Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Unlocking The VB-MAPP: Expert Tips & Insights, presenter Car Sundberg

About This Webinar

Typically the primary focus of an intervention program for children with autism should be on the development of effective language and social skills. There clearly are several other areas in need, such as…

  • self-care
  • visual motor skills
  • academics
  • fine and gross motor
  • etc.

…but language and social skills are typically the most significant deficits for children with autism.

The failure to conduct appropriate assessment results in one of the biggest problems in programs that serve children with autism: An inappropriate curriculum.

Our first task is to identify the existing skills of each child. Our next task is to identify the barriers that are preventing more rapid learning:

  • language
  • social
  • behavior
  • learning

The VB-MAPP is a tool that is easy to use and will provide the necessary information to develop an appropriate intervention program to:

  • teachers
  • parents
  • staff

The VB-MAPP is an assessment tool based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior and typical developmental milestones.

This presentation will provide the attendee with an overview and an understanding of the importance of incorporating Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior into language assessment.

What Will You Learn

After this presentation the participant will:

  • Understand the importance of conducting a comprehensive skill-based language assessment based on Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior.
  • Learn how to create a curriculum, based on the results of the language assessment. Using the VB-MAPP as a Basis for a Verbal Behavior Curriculum for Children With Autism.
  • Understand the need to identify and reduce barriers that are preventing more rapid learning for the student.
  • Understand the importance of creating a curriculum that is appropriate for the student’s current repertoire.

About the Author

Carl Sundberg, PH.D., BCBA-D, Chief Clinician & Co-Founder Behavior Analysis Center for Autism

Chief Clinician & Co-Founder at Behavior Analysis Center for Autism

Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the chief clinician and co-founder of the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism. He received his doctorate degree in ABA from Western Michigan University under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. While a graduate student, he taught behavior analysis at WMU for seven years. Dr. Sundberg has publications in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior, and the Journal for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), and Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP).

Dr. Sundberg has over 30 years of experience using behavioral interventions to teach individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He oversees the training of all the staff at BACA and consistently spends time with the clients. Eighty percent of his time is spent contributing to the training of staff and addressing specific client programs.

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