In order for an individual to learn sign language he/she needs to develop a good motor imitation repertoire. Furthermore, Learning to speak requires good vocal imitation, or, an echoic repertoire. An echoic repertoire results from the individual echoing someone else’s verbal behavior exactly. For example, when the behavior analyst says, “dog” the child repeats “dog.” Echoics are useful because in order for the behavior to be reinforced, it must first occur. This is of crucial importance in teaching verbal operants because an echoic repertoire provides various opportunities for reinforcing speech. The mand is also a great approach for teaching or increasing a child’s verbal repertoire. A mand, simply put, is verbal behavior where the individual asks for requests what he/she wants, and ideally, obtains it. The behavior is under the control of states of deprivation and aversion. This is a strong form of verbal behavior because a distinct relationship exists between the response and the reinforcer. Through manding the child may learn to associate the sound of his/her voice with positive consequences, which in turn may increase language in general. At Automaticity, highly trained therapists who specialize in teaching language skills develop the programs for clients with speech delays.
Verbal behavior and language training programs provided by Automaticity are designed to assist individuals with learning delays to communicate more effectively. Our focus is to improve communication and language skills. We have successfully dealt with clients who came to us with many different levels of language impairments. Our analyts experienced in
Behavior analysts at Automaticity use only the most up to date and comprehensive techniques which have been empirically tested and proven to be the most effective.
The language training program commences with a thorough assessment of the individual’s verbal repertoire. This will make up the particular intervention program that will be implemented for that specific client. The
cases ranging anywhere from individuals who have no verbal skills to those with a broad verbal repertoire.
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program is comprised of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis because these methods have proven to be the most successful in dealing with individuals with speech delays. The goal is to teach the individual the essential verbal and learning skills necessary to communicate properly. Therapy sessions are conducted in diverse settings in order to teach communication skills that will extend to the clients’ everyday settings such as the home and school. The use of communication boards is another way in which we help our clients communicate more effectively. A communication board allows the user to communicate by simply touching the symbols, icons, or words that signify what he/she is feeling or needs. For example, there is a symbol for hunger, pain, anger, and simple words and phrases such as thank you, stop, I feel bad, repeat, etc.
These are only some of the techniques that our verbal behavior and language training program utilizes. Our combination of teaching procedures has been very successful for our clients.