Verbal Behavior Training

Our clients with verbal behavior needs have assessments completed using either the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) or The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised (ABLLS-R) to accurately target each individual’s needs.  Our verbal behavior training program focuses on basic verbal operants; mands, tacts, echoics, and intraverbals as well as listener responding.

What is a mand?

  • A mand is a request and a way for a child to get their needs and wants met.

What is a tact?

  • A tact is a label, such as “car”.

What is an echoic?

  • An echoic is a verbal imitation.

What is an intraverbal?

  • An intraverbal is in response to what another person says but typically does not match it exactly. (Not imitation or echoic).

What is listener responding (receptive language)?

  • Listener responding has to do with a person attending to and understanding the speaker.  Commonly done by having a child complete an action.