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BEHP1129: Skinner's Verbal Behavior and its Relation to PECS is a Course

BEHP1129: Skinner's Verbal Behavior and its Relation to PECS

Time limit: 60 days
2 credits

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Full course description

Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Credit: 2 Learning BACB CEs

Presenter: Andy Bondy, Ph.D.

Course Description: Skinner looks at basic units of language and environmental relations in his book, Verbal Behavior. Understanding how these language units (verbal operants) are acquired helps learners master simple and complex parts of language. Rather than a focus on form or mode of communication, this talk describes core language functions, each defined  by its functional relevance. Subtle changes in teaching complex verbal operants may result in significant differences in student learning, regardless of modality. Skinner’s analysis also shows why certain parts of language are so difficult for individuals with autism to learn. 


  • Define verbal behavior and vocal behavior
  • Name the three antecedent conditions for verbal behavior
  • List three primary verbal operants
  • Analyze pure versus multiply controlled verbal operants

Keywords: Language, verbal operants, Skinner, autism, teaching, modality

 This course is recommended for professionals with basic background knowledge of behavior analysis working with children with autism. Knowledge of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior is recommended but not required. Parents may also benefit from this course.   


Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.


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Refund Policy

No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.


These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)