MARK L. SUNDBERG, Ph.D., BCBA
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Workshop #24

5/25/2007
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Elizabeth DE
CE Instructor: Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA

The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: The VB-MAPP
MARK L. SUNDBERG (Sundberg and Associates)

Description: Language development milestones charts are a common tool used by parents, pediatricians, psychologists, and speech and language pathologists to gage an individual child’s language development. While the charts are quite valuable, none of them provide milestones based on the distinction between the verbal operants. For example, there are no charts that provide mand and intraverbal developmental milestones, which are an important aspect of a child’s language and social development. This workshop will present a new verbal behavior assessment tool, the VB-MAPP. This assessment tool is based on developmental milestones, as well as field-test data from over 60 typically developing children and over 100 children with autism. The VB-MAPP is designed to easily identify the current skills for a child with autism across the verbal operants, including the listener repertoires and social behavior repertoires. In addition, the VB-MAPP will suggest specific IEP goals, where to place a child in a new version of the verbal behavior curriculum, and will correspond with the specific intervention procedures designed to teach the absent or defective repertoires (Sundberg, 2007). The VB-MAPP contains 150 verbal behavior milestones across 3 levels and 14 different skill areas, as well as a more detailed task analysis and progress scoring system for each verbal operant. The VB-MAPP can be used as an objective measure of an individual child’s progress in any language intervention program, or as pre and post outcome measures of a language intervention program.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to define and exemplify the basic elements of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior

Participants will be able to describe the VB-MAPP and how it is different from other language assessments

Participants will be able to use the VB-MAPP to assess an individual child’s language skills

Participants will be able to use the VB-MAPP to identify appropriate IEP goals for children with language delays

Participants will be able to use the Placement Guide to set up an intervention program for an individual child

Participants will be able to use the VB-MAPP and the more detailed task analysis of each verbal operant as an outline of the verbal behavior curriculum and progress scoring system

Participants will be able to describe how the VB-MAPP is linked to the verbal behavior intervention procedures

Activities:
Attendees will participate in didactic presentations, discussions, and exercises in the assessment of the verbal operants. Participants will receive a copy of the VB-MAPP with the placement guide, and the corresponding verbal behavior curriculum and intervention program (Sundberg, 2007).

Audience: Participants should have a good working knowledge of behavior analysis and some interest in the application of behavior analysis to language assessment and intervention for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Level: Intermediate

Member: $170.00 Non-member: $185.00
After 3/10 Member: $195.00 Non-member: $210.00




#32 Symposium

5/26/2007
1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Elizabeth A
VRB/AUT; Applied Behavior Analysis
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA

The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP): Field-Test Data from Typical Children and Children with Autism
Chair: Mark L. Sundberg (Sundberg and Associates)

The VB-MAPP is designed to assess the verbal and social repertoires of a child with autism or other developmental disabilities in a brief and efficient manner. This assessment tool is based on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, typical language developmental milestones, and field-test data from over 60 typically developing children and over 100 children with autism. The VB-MAPP contains 150 verbal behavior milestones across 3 levels and 14 different skill areas, as well as a more detailed task analysis and progress scoring system for each verbal operant. The results from the VB-MAPP assessment will suggest specific IEP goals, where to place a child in the verbal behavior curriculum, and will correspond with the specific intervention procedures designed to teach the absent or defective repertoires. The current symposium will present the basic components of the VB-MAPP as well as field-data from typical children, and children with autism.

The VB-MAPP: An Overview and Field-Test Data from Oregon and California. MARK L. SUNDBERG (Sundberg and Associates) and Lisa M. Hale (Seattle, OR)
Abstract: The basic structure of the VB-MAPP will be presented and how it can be used to place a child in a verbal behavior intervention program. Data from typically developing children will be presented to demonstrate how various items were sequenced. In addition, data will be presented from children with autism who have been assessed and placed by using the VB-MAPP.

A Description of a Preliminary Sample of the VB-MAPP as an Outcome Measure. MICHAEL MIKLOS (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network)
Abstract: This presentation will review outcome results for administration of the VB-MAPP with a sample of students presenting autism. VB-MAPP scores will be compared with other assessment findings compiled for the sample. The presentation will include a discussion of validity issues in terms of target behavior definition and functional levels across verbal operant categories. Data on approximately 30 students will be presented and will be compared with individual student functional levels on other language and developmental assessments. The presentation will address the question: Does the VB-MAPP identify levels of language functioning that are consistent with socially acceptable standards, while allowing for pin-pointed selection of target skills?

Programming with the VB-MAPP in the Pennsylvania VB Project. WILLIAM A. GALBRAITH (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network)
Abstract: A preliminary report of measured change in repertoires of verbal operants using the VB-MAPP for participating students will be presented. The changes in repertoires will be discussed in relation to instructional programming derived from the VB-MAPP protocol. Assessment protocols and teaching programs for several students will be reviewed.

Field-Test Data on the VB-MAPP from the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism, Indianapolis, IN. CARL T. SUNDBERG (Verbal Behavior Center for Autism)
Abstract: The VB-MAPP was used to assess a variety of children with autism to determine their current levels of language and social skills. These children were then placed in a verbal behavior intervention program and outcome measures were obtained. Various aspects of the VB-MAPP as a tool for language and social assessment will be discussed along with recommendations for adjustments in the program.




#235 Invited Panel Discussion


5/27/2007
1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Douglas C
VRB/TPC; Theory
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA

Verbal Behavior at Fifty: Past, Present, and Future
Chair: Mark L. Sundberg (Sundberg and Associates)

JACK MICHAEL (Western Michigan University)
A. CHARLES CATANIA (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
TERRY J. KNAPP (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Abstract: Fifty years ago B. F. Skinner published the book Verbal Behavior. The book contains behavioral analyses of the most complex aspects of human behavior such as language, private events, thinking, epistemology, memory, and logical and scientific verbal behavior. In many respects, the core of Skinner’s radical behaviorism is presented in this book. The members of this panel will discuss the significance of Verbal Behavior in terms of past contributions and controversies, its current usage, and its potential for the field of behavior analysis.


 

 

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