Verbal Behavior and Communication Training
Contribution to Book
International Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
J.L. Matson & P. Sturmey
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.
Higbee, Thomas S. and Sellers, T. P., "Verbal Behavior and Communication Training" (2011). Special Education and Rehabilitation Faculty Publications. Paper 563.