Best Practices for Mand Training

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May 09, 2014 | 01:30 PM – 02:45 PM EST

Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often have limited functional language to request access to preferred items/activities. B.F. Skinner (1957) used the term "mand" to refer to this type of language. In the absence of functional mands, behaviors such as "tantrums," aggression, or self-injury may be more likely to develop because these behaviors might produce access to preferred items or events. Thus, it has been recommended that mands be targeted early in behavioral treatment. A large literature exists to support mand training procedures, and there are many nuances to consider in order to ensure that such training is successful. This presentation will emphasize the functional importance of mands, considerations for early mand training, and critical literature-based teaching strategies.

Presenter Bio: Amber Valentino, BCBA-D, Psy.D

In 2008, Amber Valentino received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. She completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her training focused on early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism and other developmental disabilities with a particular focus on verbal behavior.

She currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Monterey Bay Division of Trumpet Behavioral Health in Salinas, California. Dr. Valentino’s clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of language deficits, primarily in children with autism. Her specific interests include the behavioral analysis of alternative and augmentative communication systems, novel strategies to develop vocal verbal behavior, and the development of methods to overcome barriers in verbal behavior acquisition. Dr. Valentino has served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and currently serves on the editorial board of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She has also had recent peer-reviewed publications in the Journal of Behavioral Education, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavior Modification, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Location Information

This workshop will be held at the DataFinch Technologies headquarters(located at 53 Perimeter Center E, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30346) and streamed live online. Attend the workshop in person or from the comforts of your personal computer. On - site space is limited.

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