Functional language is the foundation that supports the development of skills in all areas.  On Thursday, August 18 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, a Verbal Behavior Therapy Workshop for bilingual students with autism was held at the Sobrato Center for Non-profits in Redwood City.

Verbal Behavior Therapy teaches language using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This approach motivates children to: learn language by connecting words with their purposes, understand why we use words and how to communicate ideas, focus on the function of language, not just the form/length of sentences and acquire a more complete language repertoire. Featured speaker Deborah Van Tuyl MA, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than fifteen years of experience in the implementation of evidence-based practices and strategies including applied behavior analysis, naturalistic learning approaches, incidental teaching, assistive technology, and social skills training to bring about positive, measurable changes in children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other related disabilities.

She is currently a Clinical Director at Ed Support Services overseeing home, school, and community based ABA programs for children ages 2-18.  Parents, teachers, therapists, psychologists, caregivers, and anyone with an interest in autism were invited to attend this session.

Thank you very much to Opening Doors PTA for putting together this event.