The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behavior analysis.
There are five components of the VB-MAPP, and collectively they provide a baseline level of performance, a direction for intervention, a system for tracking skill acquisition, a tool for outcome measures and other language research projects, and a framework for curriculum planning. Each of the skills in the VB-MAPP is not only measurable and developmentally balanced, but they are balanced across the verbal operants and other related skills. For example, many aspects of an intraverbal repertoire are based on an existing tact and listener repertoire. The VB-MAPP balances the curriculum in an attempt to avoid the common trap of developing rote responding due to deficiencies in the related verbal repertoires.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB adheres to international standards for boards that grant professional credentials. The BACB’s certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and standards established by content experts in the discipline.
The Autism Society of Central Texas changes lives by connecting families and individuals to community resources and support throughout Central Texas. Offerings include support meetings in both Austin and San Antonio; on-line networking opportunities; Sensory Friendly films; and fun family activities. Volunteers usually respond to individual telephone and e-mail inquiries within 48 hours.
Dr. Vincent J. Carbone is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral with over 35 years of experience designing learning environments for persons with autism and development disabilities. He received his graduate training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and Penn State University. He is visiting professor in the Behavioral Education doctoral program at Simmons College in Boston, MA. His teaching responsibilities include courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior. His behavior analytic research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities and others.
Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (1980), under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. He is the author of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), and co-author of the original ABLLS and the book Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. He has published over 50 professional papers and 4 book chapters. He is the founder and past editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, a twice past-president of The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, a past-chair of the Publication Board of ABAI, and has served on the Board of Directors of the B. F. Skinner Foundation.