Receptive ABA


Receptive ABA

Receptive language refers to the ability to understand and comprehend spoken language, such as following directions or listening to instructions. For example, if a parent asks their child to put on their coat and the child knows what that means and the steps to complete the request.

Early intervention focuses on developing receptive skills, starting with basic instructions and progressing to more complex tasks such as following multiple-step instructions and recognizing abstract features.

What is an example of Receptive ABA?

An example of receptive ABA is teaching a child to identify objects or symbols. This can include teaching them to name items such as a toy, a piece of clothing, or a food item, or to recognize and respond to certain symbols such as the letters of the alphabet. Receptive ABA also includes teaching an individual how to respond appropriately when given verbal instructions, such as “Sit when asked.

Instructions should only contain the relevant information. Present Clear and Concise Instructions.

Avoid: “Will you look at me please?”
Ideal: “Look” or “Look at me”

Assessment for Receptive Language Deficits

The Verbal Behavior Milestones and Assessment Placement Program’s Barriers Assessment is a helpful tool for assessing learner responses that may hinder the acquisition of receptive language programs. It includes various sections that can assist instructors in identifying responses and deficits that may interfere with the acquisition of receptive language programs, such as limited scanning skills, difficulties observing auditory stimuli, and problem behavior. Instructors can then use the assessment results to choose appropriate observing responses.

ABA Program to Teach Receptive Language

Receptive programs use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques to help children develop the ability to understand language. These activities typically involve modeling a response to language and then providing reinforcement when correct responses are given. Examples of these activities include teaching a child individual words, identifying objects or images, following instructions, answering questions, and sorting items according to category.

Useful for teaching:

  • Instruction following
  • Identification of stimuli in the environment
  • Completion of different activities

Receptive Programs for Early Learners

  • Receptive Instructions
  • Receptive Identification of Common Objects
  • Receptive Identification of Body Parts

Parents naturally begin to teach their children receptive language from a very young age. From naming objects and colors, to letters and numbers, parents are teaching their children through everyday activities. As the child develops into a toddler and then a preschooler, they should be able to understand more complex instructions with increased accuracy.

Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as an intervention for children with autism who have delays in receptive language development can be highly effective. ABA techniques, such as prompting, reinforcement, and shaping, are used to teach the child to understand and respond to verbal communication. Prompting is when a therapist provides cues or clues that help the child better comprehend what is being said.
Reinforcement is used to help the child understand that a specific behavior or response will result in a reward or consequence. As the child begins to comprehend and respond correctly, more difficult tasks are introduced.

ABA techniques can be used in both one-on-one and group settings.

Let Leafwing Center help establish a treatment plan to help your child with autism get over the development hurdles. We are able to administer a receptive language program that is tailored to your child’s specific needs. Give us a call today!


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