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This article reviews the advances that have been made by Skinner and others to verbal behaviour analysis on language
training for children with autism.
Skinner defined the verbal operants as separate units of language which become the building blocks for teaching more
advanced language behaviour.
Skinner also saw speaker and listener behaviour as having separate functions, which is important when it comes to teaching
Manding is one of the most important verbal operants and is often the first thing that is taught in a behavioural intervention.
Manding is controlled by establishing operations (EOs) which is why knowing how to control and contrive EOs is also
extremely important in early language training.
Skinner’s techniques and procedures can also help in teaching some of the more complex and difficult language components
these types of behaviours.