Reflection of Learning from the Article Teaching Listener Skills and Echoics

960 Words Feb 17th, 2018 4 Pages
The first assigned reading, Teaching Receptive Language Skills and Other Nonverbal Operants, presented how Skinner describes receptive language as listener skills and doesn’t focus at all on developing imitation and matching skills since he doesn’t consider them verbal behavior. However, this does not mean they are not important. In current verbal behavior (VB) programs, teaching children to respond to these nonverbal operants is important and occurs early in the programming. The beauty of the receptive skills is that they do not require a child to speak and many children find them easy to comply with. Teaching these skills can often turn the tide away from non-compliance and frustration to learning. In addition, Dr. Mark Sundberg has replaced the term receptive skills with the term listener skills. In the same way that he thought the word expressive was too vague to describe manding, tacting, intraverbals, and echoic, he believed that developing listener skills was a better way to describe the process of assessing and developing this skill. Receptive language or listener skills include being able to respond to another person’s direction. Even before a typical child can speak, he will be able to follow instructions to get a tissue, find the remote control, or point to mommy. Children with autism usually do not have strong listener skills when they are diagnosed since these skills are…
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