Title

Verbal Behavior and Communication Training

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Journal/Book Title/Conference

International Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Editor

J.L. Matson & P. Sturmey

Publisher

Springer

Publication Date

2011

First Page

367

Last Page

379

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4419-8065-6

Abstract

Communication deficits are a defining characteristic of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Thus, it is not surprising that improving communication skills is the primary focus of virtually all early intervention programs for children with ASD. Many of the most effective teaching strategies for building language come from the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) (see Matson, Benavidez, Compton, Paclawskyj, & Baglio, 1996 for a review). ABA-based intervention programs typically use well-established behavior-analytic teaching/intervention techniques such as positive reinforcement, shaping, prompting/prompt fading, chaining, extinction, imitation, modeling, and other behavioral procedures to teach communicative behavior to children with ASD.

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