Beyond the Basics
Teaching Alternative Communication Methods and the Role of the Motivating Operation in Autism Treatment
Who is Dr. Vincent J. Carbone?
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst. He ecurrently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State University and has taught in the graduate programs in Behavior Analysis at the European Institute for the Study of Human Behavior, in Parma, Italy, and at the Medical School at the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy. His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Behavior Modification, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and others. He has provided the requisite university training to hundreds of board-certified behavior analysts in the U.S. and overseas. He is the 2017 recipient of the “Jack Michael Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior Award” from the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group. The Carbone Clinic is the 2022 recipient of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis award for “International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis”. Currently, he serves as the director of the Carbone Clinics in London, UK and Dubai, UAE. All clinics provide behavior analytic consultation, training and therapeutic services to children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.
Teaching Alternative Methods of Communication to Children with Autism
A substantial number of children with autism do not develop functional vocal verbal behavior. For these individuals alternative methods of communication are often taught in the form of manual sign language, picture/ icon selection or exchange systems and speech generating devices (SGDs). This workshop will provide a behavioral analysis of alternative methods of communication. The issue of selection and topography based verbal behavior will be discussed. Science based methods for increasing vocal responding will be presented along with video demonstrations of clinical applications of these procedures.
The Role of the Motivation in Teaching Children with Autism
Michael (1993) refined the concept of the establishing operation (Keller & Schoenfeld, 1950) to include the conditioned surrogate, reflexive and transitive establishing operations (EO). The publication of Michael’s paper along with the terminological refinement to the motivating operation (MO) 10 years later has led to a substantial increase in publications on the topic related to the treatment of persons with autism. . The research over the past 30 years has demonstrated the important role of the conditioned MOs when teaching verbal behavior and other skills to children with autism in applied settings. The purpose of this workshop is to selectively review the literature on this topic and discuss clinical applications of the reflexive and transitive conditioned motivating operations in applied settings with children with autism. Video demonstrations of clinical applications will be presented in support of the discussion.