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BEHP1199: Teaching Listener Behavior to Children with DD

Time limit: 60 days
2 credits

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Full course description

Time: 1 hour, 42 minutes, 41 seconds 
Credit: 2 Learning BACB CEs

Presenter: Laura Grow, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Course Description: Describes listener skills, which refer to responding appropriately to another person's verbal behavior. Provides examples of listener skills, including following auditory directions and selecting an item from an array after hearing its name. Emphasizes teaching listener skills as a critical component of early intensive behavioral intervention for young children with developmental disabilities and the importance of therapists understanding the stimulus control that should result from simple and conditional discrimination training when designing effective listener training programs. Reviews research findings that inform an understanding of stimulus control with a specific application to listener programs that involve auditory-visual conditional discrimination skills and recommendations for designing and implementing programs based on those described by Grow and Leblanc (2013), as well as three common error patterns and how to perform error analysis by inspecting trial-by-trial data from teaching sessions. Appropriate for beginning and advanced clinicians providing early and intensive behavioral intervention to children with developmental disabilities.


  • Identify the function of the antecedent stimuli presented by the instructor during listener programs
  • Describe the rules for counterbalancing sample and comparison stimuli
  • Describe two presentation orders for the sample and comparison stimuli
  • Describe common inadvertent therapist cues and strategies for reducing cues
  • Describe common error patterns exhibited by children with developmental disabilities during listener training
  • Learn how to perform different error analyses

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, conditional discrimination, developmental disabilities, error analysis, listener behavior, stimulus control 

Rating: This course is recommended for BCBAs, BCaBAs and other professionals who have basic background knowledge of behavior analysis, including prerequisite knowledge of verbal operants.

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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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)