​​​​​​​​July 16th and 17th, 2015

Registration for the 2-day Workhsop is CLOSED

A Behavioral Approach to Language Assessment and Intervention for Children with Autism
Presented by Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

This two-day workshop will cover the basic elements of the applied behavior analysis/verbal behavior approach to language assessment and intervention for children with autism or other types of developmental disabilities. On the first day,the focus will be on how to use a behavioral analysis of language to assess a child's language and social skills, as well as his potential barriers to language acquisition, using the VB-MAPP assessment program. Participants will then learn how to use the results of the assessment to determine an individual child's immediate intervention priorities.

During the second day, the focus will be developing an individualized intervention program. Several teaching procedures will be described (e.g., early mand training, vocabulary development, intraverbal development). Additional topics discussed over the course of the workshop will include how to set up a classroom for children with autism, data collection, behavior problems, augmentative communication, inclusion, and peer interaction.

General Information

The cost of this workshop is $40.00 and includes lunch both days and one VB-MAPP Protocol.

This event will take place at the Pohlcat Golf Course in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Registration is 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. and the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. 

​Registration Information

Registration for this event closed July 5th, 2015


Additional Information​

For additional information on the VB-MAPP, please visit the AVB Press FAQ page at 

For additional information on Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, you may visit his website at

For additional reading:

Hall and Sundberg 1987.pdf : Teaching Mands by Manipulating Conditioned Establishing Operations

Michael, Palmer and Sundberg 2011.pdf: The Multiple Control of Verbal Behavior

Sundberg and Michael 2001.pdf: The Benefits of Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior for Children with Autism

Sundberg and Sundberg, 2011.pdf: Intraverbal Behavior and Verbal Conditional Discriminations in Typically Developing Children and Children with Autism

Sundberg Cooper et al chapter 2007.pdf: Verbal Behavior

Sundberg et. al 2000, IV prompts.pdf: Using Intraverbal Prompts to Establish Tacts for Children with Autism

Sundberg et. al 2002 mands for info.pdf: Contriving Establishing Operations to Teach Mands for Information

Sundberg Mand-William's book Chapter 2004.pdf: A Behavioral Analysis of Motivation and its Relation to Mand Training

Sundberg MO paper 2013.pdf: Thirty Points about Motivation From Skinner's Book ​Verbal Behavior

Continuing Education  (CE)

Dr. Sundberg is approved to provide CE thro​ugh the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB). This workshop qualifies for 12 hours of Type II CE from the BACB. All BCBAs and BCaBAs will need to provide their certificate number at registration and attend the full training to receive CE.


Certificate of Attendance
Registrants who attend the full training, but are not eligible to receive Type II CE from the BACB, will receive a certificate of attendance.

Hotel Accommodations
If you are a group or individual who has tax exempt status, please let the hotel know your tax exempt status prior to check-in.

The following hotels are listed for your convenience. There are no group codes available for these hotels and no guarantee of availability. This is not a complete listing of all hotels in the area:

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Hotels
​Hampton Inn - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989 - 772-5500
Fairfield Inn ​- Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-775-5000
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 888-7EAGLE7
Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel​ - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-817-4801
Mt. Pleasant Inn & Suites​ - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-772-7777
Comfort Inn & Suites - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-772-4000

Alma, Michigan Hotels
Woodridge Inn & Suites ​- Alma, Michigan Telephone: 989-285-1431
Triangle Motel​ - Alma, Michigan Telephone: 989-463-2296

Clare, Michigan Hotels
Doherty Hotel - Clare, MI ​Telephone: 800-525-4115
Days Inn of Clare - Clare, MI Telephone: 989-386-1111

Midland, Michigan Hotels
Spring Hills Suites​ - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-837-2700
Hampton Inn - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-837-4000
Holiday Inn - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-794-8500
Residence Inn ​- Midland, MI Telephone: 989-837-9990
The H Hotel - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-839-0500
Midland Resort and Convention Center - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-631-4220