This webinar is designed to introduce behavior technicians to motivating operations and functional communication training. Learners will be guided in breaking down verbal behavior from a behavior-analytic perspective and identifying each of B.F. Skinner’s verbal operants. This course is designed to highlight and describe the importance of establishing and abolishing operations during language training, harnessing the power of the value-altering and behavior-altering effects of motivating operations. Learners will be introduced to techniques for teaching language, specifically mand training for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities to reduce maladaptive behavior and promote functional communication.
Beyond the task list series: MOs and Mands (1 hour of content)
Dr. Trudy Georgio is an assistant professor of applied behavior analysis at Bay Path University and founder of Tru Behavior Development, LLC. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Texas. Trudy specializes in teaching language to children with autism disorders and other developmental disabilities. Her research interests include using technology services for remote training and supervision, joint attention training, and assent-based behavioral services.
- Define and give examples of motivating operations and explain how they influence behavior.
- Distinguish between discriminative stimuli and motivating operations.
- Differentiate between mands and the other primary verbal operants
- Discuss the role of motivating operations in Functional Communication Training.