Typically developing children demonstrate an explosion of language skills between the ages of 2 and 3 (Hart & Risley, 1995). A child acquires new speaker and listener skills daily, often without direct training or reinforcement.
However, many children with autism struggle with, or fail to make this critical linguistic leap. This learning barrier could be related to a child’s inability to benefit from generative verbal learning.
Generative verbal learning occurs when existing verbal skills enable or accelerate the acquisition of other verbal skills, without direct teaching or reinforcement (Alessi, 1987; Horne & Lowe, 1996; Rosales-Ruiz & Baer, 1997). The VB-MAPP contains a number of milestones that can be identified as measures of generative learning.
• Provides a verbal behavior analysis of how generative learning occurs
• Discusses ways to read a child’s existing VB-MAPP in terms of generative verbal learning scores