Verbal Behavior Presentation with QuestionsPresentation Transcript
Presented by:Khrystle Montallana
What is Verbal Behavior? Verbal behavior is the behavioral term for language. ▪ Examples: ▪ The bartender asks, “What would you like to drink?” You reply, “A cranberry and vodka, please.” ▪ During a verbal imitation program, you say “puppy”. Jimmy says, “puppy” and you reinforce his response with a cheeto.
Words are behavior! Understanding the FUNCTION of language (the effects of language on the environment and those environmental variables that produce language) is critical to promoting the acquisition of speech and language.
Some components of verbal behavior include: Echoics Mands Tacts Intraverbals
What is an echoic? Verbal behavior (language) whose form is controlled by someone elses verbal behavior with point-to-point (1:1) correspondence (e.g. the child echoes exactly the speech of the teacher). Real-life examples: ▪ A Spanish friend is teaching you Spanish. She says “Hola” and you say, “Hola”. ▪ A friend asks for your phone number. You say, “555-1213”. Your friend repeats it, “555-1213”.
An echoic is evoked by: The verbal behavior of another person. An echoic is reinforced by: Praise Example: ▪ During Timmy’s verbal imitation program, you say “Cupcake”. Timmy repeats, “Cupcake”. You say “Good!”
What is a mand? Request Real-life examples: ▪ Saying, “I’ll have a non-fat iced latte” to the Starbucks employee. ▪ A child asking, “Can I pet your dog?”
A mand is evoked by: Motivating operations (e.g. desire to attain items, activities, or information) A mand is reinforced by: Receipt of object requested Examples: ▪ After playing outside in the heat, Timmy points to a water bottle and says, “Water.” You reinforce his response with a cup of water. ▪ You are pushing Timmy on the swings. You stop and he says “Push”. You reinforce his behavior by pushing him.
What is a tact? Naming, expressive labels Real-life examples: Hearing Tupac on the radio and saying “It’s Tupac.” Smelling smoke and saying “Fire!”
A tact is evoked by: The presence of stimuli in the environment (SD) A tact is reinforced by: Praise Examples: ▪ You show Skylar a picture of a flower. She says “flower”. You say “Good job!” ▪ While playing with Barbie, Skylar says “Pink”, referencing the color of Barbie’s shoes. You say “You’re right, her shoes are pink!”
What are intraverbals? Verbal behavior (language) evoked by other verbal behavior. Intraverbals include: ▪ Fill in the blanks ▪ Answers to questions ▪ Conversation with comments and questions Real-life examples: ▪ A friend asks, “How are you?” You reply, “I’m fine, thanks”. ▪ An employer asks, “Where do you go to school?” You reply, “Western Michigan.”
An intraverbal is evoked by: A Verbal stimulus (language) An intraverbal is reinforced by: Consequences unrelated to the verbal response Examples: ▪ You ask Jimmy, “Where do you go to school?” He replies, “KAC”. ▪ While singing with Jimmy, you say “Twinkle, twinkle, little ____” and he says “Star.”
Similarity: Echoics, tacts, and intraverbals are all forms of verbal behavior. Differences: Tact vs. Intraverbal ▪ Different SDs ▪ Intraverbal= verbal SD ▪ Tact= presence, sound, feel etc. of a stimulus Echoic vs. Intraverbal ▪ Correspondence of SD response ▪ Echoic: SD (“Cookie”) Response (“Cookie”) ▪ Intraverbal: verbal SD (“1, 2”) Response (“3”)
Echoic Mand TactAlso called N/A Requesting NamingEvoked by Verbal behavior of Motivation SD (Non-verbal) others OperationReinforced by Praise Receipt of object Praise requested
Components of Verbal Behavior include: Echoics Mands Tacts Intraverbals All of the above You say, ‘555-1213.’ And your friend repeats it, ‘555-1213.’ This is an example of a/an _____________________. Echoic Mand Tact Intraverbal A mand is ---________________. A label Verbal behavior evoked by other verbal behavior. A request An intraverbal is evoked by _____________. Verbal stimuli (language) A motivation operation An Sd (non-verbal) An example of an intraverbal is: You are pushing Jimmy on the swings. You stop and he says, ‘Push.’ You reinforce his behavior by pushing him. While singing with Jimmy you say “Twinkle, twinkle little _______" and he says, ‘Star.’ You ask Jimmy, ‘Where do you go to school?’ He replies, ‘KAC.’ B&C
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