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Archived News: Upcoming Training Activities
April 2012

George Mason University presents

George Mason University presents "It's Just Good Teaching: Verbal Behavior Analysis" on Saturday, May 12th in Fairfax, VA.

Saturday, May 12th, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Johnson Center Cinema, George Mason University - Fairfax Campus

Steven Celmer, M.A., BCBA
Adam Dreyfus, M.A., BCBA

The verbal behavior approach to language intervention is a helpful tool for parents, teachers and administrators. Based on B.F. Skinner’s 1957 book ‘Verbal Behavior’, this research-based approach has been used to successfully help thousands of individuals with a wide range of language deficits. Since the publication of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior hundreds of research studies have given parents, teachers and clinicians a robust tool chest to tackle what used to be seen as intractable deficits. This workshop will highlight the work that has been done at Columbia University’s Teacher College to experimentally demonstrate effective interventions to induce novel and spontaneous verbal behavior. The ‘Verbal Developmental Theory’ (Greer, 2008) identifies the preverbal foundations, including speaker and listener components, that lead to learning language incidentally and results in novel and spontaneous language. The presenter will discuss the essential repertories learners need to communication effectively, potential barriers to language acquisition as laid out in Verbal Behavior Analysis (Greer, 2007) ,and strategies to remediate them once they are identified.

At the conclusion of the workshop the participant will be able to:
• Identify key components of the Verbal Development Theory including milestones
• Accurately assess children to identify the areas of greatest need
• Implement intervention practices in regular school and home settings
• Collect data and interpret it to eliminate program overruns and accelerate learning

To register, please go to the following website:

The Keller Institute for Human Disabilities at George Mason University is a BACB approved continuing education provider. This workshop provides 6 BACB Type II ACE hours.


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