Presentation on theme: "The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program VB-MAPPAmy Cohen, Ph.D, BCBAMaigret Fay, M.Ed, BCBAJulie Smith, MA, BCBAHowardCenterAutism Spectrum Program
2 Objectives Review of Verbal Behavior Conducting the Milestone AssessmentFramework and Tips for completing formal assessments
3 The VB-MAPPBased on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, developmental milestones, and field-test data from typically developing children, children with autism, and children with other developmental disabilities.
4 Video Verbal OperantsIntended to review the language
5 The VB-MAPP There are five components of the VB-MAPP The VB-MAPP: Skills Assessment contains 170 measurable milestones across 16 skill areas, and 3 developmental levels (0-18 mos., mos., mos.),The VB-MAPP: Barriers Assessment examines 24 common learning and language acquisition barriers faced by children with language delaysThe VB-MAPP: Transition Assessment provides an overall summary assessment of a child’s readiness to move to a less restrictive educational settingThe VB-MAPP: Task Analysis and Skills Tracking provides a further breakdown of skill areas in the form of a checklist for skills tracking. Approximately 900 skills that are developmentally balanced and sequencedThe VB-MAPP: IEP Goals corresponds with the 4 assessments above. Provides specific direction for each of the 170 milestones and suggestions for IEP goals
6 Tips for the tester Reinforcer assessment Establish rapport- Pair yourself with fun activities.Keep testing materials/reinforcers out of students reach and easily accessible to youReinforce the student for correct responding and appropriate behaviorsUse an appropriate level of enthusiasm
7 Tips cont….. Allow time for breaks During breaks don’t allow the child to play with highly reinforcing itemsIntersperse known tasks with more challenging tasksGive the child enough time (3-5 seconds) to respondDon’t repeat the question or task any more than 3 timesAlways end the testing session with a correct response, reinforcement and on a positive note
8 Discussion If you have not yet completed a VB-MAPP for a student: What are some concerns about using this tool?If you have conducted a VB-MAPP for a student:What have been some challenges?What has worked well?
18 Activity Pair into teams. Take turns being the child and instructor. Select one of the two assessments and practice running it and collecting data.After practicing, review packets of assessments.Discuss students and how packets will support assessment process.Questions/comments