Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities provides the foundation of a verbal behavior/applied behavior analysis (VB/ABA) language intervention program. The program is based on B. F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of language, and the extensive body of empirical research found in the ABA field. The first section of the book provides information regarding the necessary preparation for language intervention, including a brief language assessment form (BLAF) with an interpretive guide in order to determine the best place to start intervention according to an individual child’s needs. There is also a chapter on augmentative communication and how to assess its importance and necessity, as well as the form it should take. Section Two focuses on the development of initial communication skills for early and intensive language intervention, while Section Three focuses on teaching more advanced language and social skills. Section Four presents issues relevant to the implementation of a language program in a child’s natural and school environments. In addition, there are a variety of data sheets and tracking forms to guide the reader throughout the book.
Soft Cover, 246 pages, by Mark L. Sundberg, PhD and James W. Partington, PhD
Published in 1998. This book is a 2010 re-edited version (v. 7.2) of the original 1998 text.