In order to conduct this assessment it is essential that the tester have a basic understanding of behavior analysis, and Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior. For example, in order to assess a child’s mand repertoire, the tester must understand what a mand is, and how the mand is related to motivating operations (MOs). Furthermore, being aware of the subtleties of the various types of prompts, and being able to determine if a response is controlled by inadvertent prompting, is helpful for determining exactly what skills a child has truly mastered. The more skilled a person is in these areas the more they will get out of the assessment.
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