Introduction to Verbal Behavior
About This Course
Key elements in this course include an introduction to Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and verbal operants. Discussions and video illustrations include an overview of interactions between the speaker and the listener and a portrayal of how speakers gain access to reinforcement and control over their environment through verbal behavior. These interactions illustrate the importance of the function of behavior in addition to its form. Each verbal operant is presented with its corresponding motivating variables (antecedents), type of discriminative stimuli evoking the behavior, and resultant consequences highlighted. Multiple opportunities to practice identifying verbal operants are provided. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB.