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  • What is vb?In general, vb is behavior that is reinforced by another person.
  • *We should not only look at what we are saying but also WHY we are saying it.-doesn’t have to be vocal**can include sign language, written words, etc.
  • Withechoics, the response is the same as the sd.
  • In this ex, the Sd is you saying Cupcake, the response is Timmy saying “Cupcake” and the consequence is praise. Echoics are important bc in order to learn any skill, a child must have an imitation repertoire.Speech must be reinforced in order for it to occur and the echoic gives us a mechanism with which to evoke speech that will be reinforced.
  • 1st ex: the mo is thirst, sd is water bottle, bx is pointing to the bottle, or saying “water”, consequence is cup of water2nd ex: the mo is the stopping of the swing and the child’s desire to continue swinging, the sd is your presence, the bx is him saying “push” and the consequence is you pushing him on the swing
  • 1st ex: Sd is picture of flower, bx is skylar saying “flower” and consequence is you saying “good job”2nd ex: Sd is barbie’s shoes, bx is skylar saying “pink”, and conseq is you saying “you’re right..”
  • *In everyday life, our language involves emitting words, phrases, and sentences that are in response to the words, phrases, and sentences of others.
  • *Intraverbal is evoked by..For instance, when you have a conversation, what triggers your response? Usually what someone else says to you *Intraverbal is reinforced by: unlike a request for a cookie, which produces a cookie, the response for an intraverbal may not match the SD.Verbal doesn’t have to be vocal*most exs are vocal but can include pointing, sign language, written words, etc.
  • *Tact vs. intraverbal:for intraverbal, sd is vocal (e.g.someone asking you a question), whereas for a tact, the SD is the presence/sound/smell/feel/ taste of a stimulus (e.g. sight of cookie). The Sd for tact-> nonverbal *Echoic vs. intraverbal: the difference is with the correspondence bt the Sd and response. For echoic, the sd and response have 1:1 correspondence; they are the same (“cookie-cookie”) whereas for intraverbals, the sd and response differ (“1, 2”- “3”)
  • Echoic evoked by vb: restate: languageMand evoked by mo: restate: mo is the desire to attain items, activities, or informationTact evoked by: SD: restate: presence of stimuli in the environment
  • Verbal Behavior

    1. 1. Verbal Behavior<br /> Presented by:<br />Khrystle Montallana<br />
    2. 2. Verbal Behavior<br />What is Verbal Behavior? <br />Verbal behavior is the behavioral term for language.<br />Examples:<br />The bartender asks, “What would you like to drink?” You reply, “A cranberry and vodka, please.”<br />During a verbal imitation program, you say “puppy”. Jimmy says, “puppy” and you reinforce his response with a cheeto.<br />
    3. 3. Verbal Behavior<br />Words are behavior!<br />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.<br />
    4. 4. Verbal Behavior<br />Some components of verbal behavior include:<br />Echoics<br />Mands<br />Tacts<br />Intraverbals<br />
    5. 5. Echoics<br />What is an echoic?<br />Verbal behavior (language) whose form is controlled by someone else's verbal behavior with point-to-point (1:1) correspondence (e.g. the child echoes exactly the speech of the teacher).<br />Real-life examples:<br />A Spanish friend is teaching you Spanish. She says “Hola” and you say, “Hola”. <br />A friend asks for your phone number. You say, “555-1213”. Your friend repeats it, “555-1213”.<br />
    6. 6. Echoics<br />An echoic is evoked by:<br />The verbal behavior of another person.<br />An echoic is reinforced by:<br />Praise<br />Example:<br />During Timmy’s verbal imitation program, you say “Cupcake”. Timmy repeats, “Cupcake”. You say “Good!”<br />
    7. 7. Mands<br />What is a mand?<br />Request<br />Real-life examples:<br />Saying, “I’ll have a non-fat iced latte” to the Starbucks employee.<br />A child asking, “Can I pet your dog?”<br />
    8. 8. Mands<br />A mand is evoked by:<br />Motivating operations (e.g. desire to attain items, activities, or information)<br />A mand is reinforced by:<br />Receipt of object requested<br />Examples:<br />After playing outside in the heat, Timmy points to a water bottle and says, “Water.” You reinforce his response with a cup of water.<br />You are pushing Timmy on the swings. You stop and he says “Push”. You reinforce his behavior by pushing him. <br />
    9. 9. Tacts<br />What is a tact?<br />Naming, expressive labels<br />Real-life examples: <br />Hearing Tupac on the radio and saying “It’s Tupac.”<br />Smelling smoke and saying “Fire!”<br />
    10. 10. Tacts<br />A tact is evoked by:<br />The presence of stimuli in the environment (SD)<br />A tact is reinforced by:<br />Praise<br />Examples:<br />You show Skylar a picture of a flower. She says “flower”. You say “Good job!”<br />While playing with Barbie, Skylar says “Pink”, referencing the color of Barbie’s shoes. You say “You’re right, her shoes are pink!” <br />
    11. 11. Intraverbals<br />What are intraverbals?<br />Verbal behavior (language) evoked by other verbal behavior.<br />Intraverbals include:<br />Fill in the blanks<br />Answers to questions<br />Conversation with comments and questions<br />Real-life examples:<br />A friend asks, “How are you?” You reply, “I’m fine, thanks”.<br />An employer asks, “Where do you go to school?” You reply, “Western Michigan.”<br />
    12. 12. Intraverbals<br />An intraverbal is evoked by:<br /> A Verbal stimulus (language)<br />An intraverbal is reinforced by:<br />Consequences unrelated to the verbal response<br />Examples:<br />You ask Jimmy, “Where do you go to school?” He replies, “KAC”.<br />While singing with Jimmy, you say “Twinkle, twinkle, little ____” and he says “Star.”<br />
    13. 13. Compare & Contrast:Echoic, Tact, & Intraverbal<br />Similarity:<br />Echoics, tacts, and intraverbals are all forms of verbal behavior.<br />Differences:<br />Tact vs. Intraverbal<br />Different SDs<br />Intraverbal= verbal SD<br />Tact= presence, sound, feel etc. of a stimulus<br />Echoic vs. Intraverbal<br />Correspondence of SD response <br />Echoic: SD (“Cookie”)  Response (“Cookie”)<br />Intraverbal: verbal SD (“1, 2”) Response (“3”) <br />
    14. 14. Echoic, Mand, & Tact<br />
    15. 15. References<br />Levin, L. (2007). ABA-Based Strategies to Promote Speech and Language: Incidental Teaching, Pivotal Response Training, and Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Powerpoint Presented in Orange County.<br />Malott, R.W. (2009). Principles of Behavior. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.<br />Sundberg M.L, Partington J.W. (1998).Teaching Language to Children With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Pleasant Hill, CA: Behavior Analysts, Inc.<br />