Why Verbal Behaviour?

Verbal Behavior (VB) is a specialized area of practice within the larger field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Verbal Behavior was first analyzed and written about by B.F Skinner in his seminal book Verbal Behavior (1957).  In his work, Skinner analyses the factors that control our verbal behavior, and explains the functions of the different units of language which are known as verbal operants.  Understanding the units of language and their functions is imperative for the design of effective individualized programs for children with ASD and other developmental delays, because it allows us to understand how a child is currently using language, and what deficit areas exist in their language development so that a functional language curriculum for your child can be designed.