applied behavior analysis unit 4 discussion

You work at a clinic that focuses on teaching verbal behavior to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 3-5. Each time you hire a new staff member, you have to train the new staff on the basics of verbal behavior. Compose a document that you can share with new staff as a “cheat sheet” on the basics of verbal behavior. You do not have to attach an actual document, instead paste your response into the Discussion Board. Your “cheat sheet” for staff should cover the following:

  • A brief description of Skinner’s view of how language is learned.
  • A description of each of Skinner’s six elementary verbal operants (mand, tact, echoic, intraverbal, textual, and transcription). Your description must include the controlling antecedent and consequence.
  • A novel, real-life example for each verbal operant. These should be new examples and not examples that you read in your textbook or that were shared by your instructor.

Peer Responses:

Review two of your classmates’ posts to assess the following:

  • Critique your peer’s examples for each verbal operant. Were they correct examples of the verbal operant (including the correct antecedent and consequence)? Identify the antecedent, behavior, and consequence for each of the verbal operant examples your peer provided.

Reading and Resources

Read Chapter 18 in Applied Behavior Analysis: “Verbal Behavior”

Read the following article located in the university library:

Andrew, B., Barbara E., E., John W., E., & Mark, S. (2010). Questions on verbal behavior and its application to individuals with autism: An interview with the experts. The Behavior Analyst Today, (3), 186-205.

Optional reading located in the university library:

Palmer, D. C. (2006). On Chomsky’s appraisal of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior: A half century of misunderstanding. The Behavior Analyst, 29, 253-267.

Sundberg, M. L. (2013). Thirty points about motivation from Skinner’s book Verbal Behavior. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 29(1), 13–40.

Sundberg, M. L., Juan, B. S., Dawdy, M., & Argüelles, M. (1990). The acquisition of tacts, mands, and intraverbals by individuals with traumatic brain injury. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 8, 83–99.


Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis.

Miltenberger, R. G. (2014). Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures.