What Are Intraverbals?
Intraverbals are the responses we give to others’ verbal behavior. When responding to the question “What says woof-woof?” the response, dog, is an intraverbal. To fill in a song lyric such as “Twinkle twinkle little…”, provide the answer to a yes/no question, or say your name when asked are all intraverbals. In order to gain fluency, or the ability to respond to an ever-changing conversation filled with intraverbal behavior, many factors need to be present, including the following:
- Speed of response
- Variety of the response
It is one thing to ask “What are your parent’s names?” or “when is your birthday?” Those answers don’t change. Speed and accuracy are the only important considerations. If you were to change the task to “Name three animals,” and get the response “Dog, cat, bird” and those are the only three accurate and speedy responses the learner can state, those answers are scripted, not fluent. With aba|tools and the Verbal Matrix® you can teach to fluency through more than 10,000 relationships with multiple image examples. This can help your learner avoid scripted, memorized, responses.
When using the Verbal Matrix®, the adult may be required to point at parts of images, enlarge or isolate the image, or use a different example when using the assessment prompts. This would be no different than when using physical image cards or images from books. The acquisition of verbal behavior is meant to be interactive; your interactions with your learner are an essential component of ABA therapy. This should involve a back-and-forth conversation between you and your learner. At times you will hold the tablet out as you present a task; other times you will keep the image out of view and display new pictures as your learner states the item, only showing a picture when an error occurs. This can be done at a table, on the couch, in bed, in the car, or anywhere you have WiFi.