Intraverbals are a part of verbal behavior that lead to conversation. Basically, anytime a speaker responds differentially to verbal behavior of another person it can be considered an intraverbal (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007).  One of the first ways intraverbals emerge in a repertoire is by using fun fill ins such as “1,2 __!” or “ready, set, __!”. Then you can move forward with answering simple questions, learning general knowledge questions, and engaging in conversational behavior.


Cooper, J., Heron, T.E, & Heward, W.L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis (2nd Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


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Dacey Carr is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and a Masters degree in Psychology from The University of Phoenix. She has over ten years experience implementing ABA therapy for children with Autism, with a focus on early intervention. Dacey's past experience includes implementation of therapy with Behavior Analysis, staff training and evaluation, supervising and training of peer groups in a inclusion setting, parent training, development and implementation of lesson plans for inclusion classrooms and working as an 1:1 aide in a Special Education Classroom. She has experience in home, center based, and school programs and has worked with children from ages two-sixteen. Dacey is a member of Autism Tennessee and the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts.

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