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Verbal Behaviour Approach


In the Verbal Behaviour Approach to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA/VB), all the basic elements of an ABA programme are the same. However, there is a further focus and prioritizing of communication skills according to Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behaviours (1957). This approach uses all of the knowledge from ABA research about what is effective, and also enhances a child's ability to learn functional language. Language is seen as a behaviour that can be shaped and reinforced, with a vital importance placed on not only what a child is saying, but why. For many people, Verbal Behaviour Therapy fills the gap in more traditional ABA programmes by promoting a more flexible and natural learning experience.


As in an ABA programme, an ABA/VB programme is usually started within a child's home, with therapy sessions being carried out intensively by tutors. An ABA/VB programme is managed and supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA); this is someone who has a masters degree in behaviour analysis, and practices according to the teaching of verbal behaviour. They are responsible for setting new programmes (targets), implementing behaviour management plans and supervising the whole ABA team. ABA programmes can also be implemented within the child's school environment.

There is a very large amount of research that supports positive outcomes of learning and independence for children that have access to Applied Behavioural Analysis interventions.

How we can help

Many of our therapists here at Eg (Training) Ltd have experience and knowledge of working together with ABA professionals and tutors as part of a child's intervention team. They also are experienced at working to support ABA teams to implement and undertake speech and language therapy targets and goals. Contact us for more information regarding ABA, and how speech therapy can enrich your ABA programme.

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