Beyond the Basics on Speech
Teaching individuals with autism to engage in generative verbal behavior is complicated, complicated further if the response topography involves use of a speech generating device (SGD). Use of an SGD introduces new challenges related to stimulus control and interdisciplinary collaboration with other professionals. Additionally, it can be difficult to tell when matching ends and verbal behavior begins when the response form is selection. However, there is good news! Recent research has shown that complex verbal behaviors can be established using SGDs. The emphasis of this presentation is “beyond the basics,” as we will focus on procedures with an aim to produce novel, generative responses (the goal of all verbal behavior programming). This presentation will focus on establishing emergent noun-verb tacts, intraverbal-tacts, and autoclitic frames all with individuals with autism responding on SGDs. The presentation will also discuss how to plan for multiple control over responses and assess faulty stimulus control developed over selection responses.