This workshop introduces ways in which the behavioral interpretation of language development (e.g., Skinner, 1957) differs from the cognitive interpretation.  The instructors will review definitions and examples of the primary verbal operants, but will spend the majority of the workshop emphasizing practical ideas for teaching verbal behavior to any learner.  The instructors emphasize a multi-dimensional approach to instruction, by taking advantage of contextual teaching opportunities and contrived opportunities, but also by programming for instruction to occur across a variety of learning channels.  The presenters emphasize the creation of environments and interests that promote the development of verbal behavior.

Participants will learn to:

Define the primary verbal operants, and provide examples for each

Account for a variety of variables that impact the effectiveness of mand training

Program for receptive skills

Teach in both natural and contrived settings


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