EDS 63100 Verbal Behavior Concepts and Applications to Behavior Change Procedures

In this course, students will learn behavior analytic perspectives on language and communication. This approach, called verbal behavior, will then be applied to specific behavior change procedures. The course explores concepts such as rule-governed behavior, derived stimulus relations, and the main verbal operants in behavior analysis. Students will use instructions and rules, simple and conditional discriminations, and Skinner’s analysis to influence verbal behavior, promote stimulus and response generalization, and promote maintenance. Within the context of verbal behavior change procedures, students will make data-based decisions about the effectiveness of their interventions, the need for treatment, and the need for ongoing services. The course will introduce strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration and working with other language and communication professionals who support and/or provide services to clients. The course covers Section 1 B 13-15 and Section 2 G6, G10-11, G21-22, and H7-9 of the BACB Fifth Edition Task List. Education Specialists will complete requirements related to Standard 2, Quality Indicator 2. Education Specialist candidates will complete a training protocol and reflection on interdisciplinary collaboration as it applies to verbal behavior change procedures.