Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Teaching Verbal Behavior in the classroom

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June 22 – 23, 2009       8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

In this introductory level workshop, the presenter will illustrate the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The workshop will  have an emphasis on the teaching of verbal behavior as it is applied effectively in classroom settings to teach language and other essential skills to children with developmental disabilities. Through extensive use of video participants will be introduced to scientifically based principles, procedures and instructional recommendations that help teachers to:

  • Build rapport with students
  • Promote peer interaction
  • Select developmentally appropriate IEP goals for each student
  • Teach functional communication skills to vocal and non-vocal students
  • Transition students from natural environment teaching (NET) to structured teaching (ITT)
  • Teach academic skills (reading, math, etc.) using research-based curricula
  • Manage problem behaviors by utilizing research-based teaching procedures and through the application of basic behavior principles

Presenter: Tom Cafferty, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-author of The Verbal Behavior Approach to Teaching Children with Autism.

Audience: Teachers, SLP’s and assistants who work with students on the autism spectrum or students with developmental disabilities.  Parents of these students are welcome to attend as well.

Location: Arlington High School Auditorium

Fee: $100 CASE, EDCO, and LABBB members / $125 non-members

Registration: District and Collaborative employees may register through the

Office of Curriculum and Instruction or the Program Manager in your collaborative.  Parents may register by calling EDCO at

(781) 259-3445.

Register by:  May 22, 2009. Registrations received beyond that date will be accepted based upon space availability.


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