FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF VERBAL BEHAVIOR: A BRIEF REVIEW

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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Joshua B. Plavnick, Michigan State University, 620 Farm Lane #341, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (e-mail: plavnick@msu.edu) or Matthew Normand, University of the Pacific, Department of Psychology, Stockton, California 95211 (e-mail: mnormand@pacific.edu).

Abstract

A variation of the preintervention functional analysis of problem behavior has recently been extended to identify the function of verbal behavior emitted by children with autism. Recent research suggests that a functional analysis of verbal behavior might be beneficial in evaluating previous instruction and guiding the selection of future educational targets and instructional procedures. The present paper reviews previous literature on the functional analysis of verbal behavior and identifies avenues for future research.

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