Academic journal article The Behavior Analyst Today

DTT-NET: What Is It and How Did It Get Started?

Academic journal article The Behavior Analyst Today

DTT-NET: What Is It and How Did It Get Started?

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In November 1999, I attended a workshop presented by Dr. Vince Carbone and Dr. Patrick McGreevey. It was titled "Teaching Language to Children with Autism." As a parent of a child with autism, we had been implementing a home-based ABA program for almost 3 years. While we were making significant gains academically, we were not progressing with spontaneous language. Dr. Carbone introduced me to Skinner's Functional Analysis of Verbal Behavior. His workshop consisted of how to implement training procedures to enhance verbal behavior through discrete trial teaching, at a more natural pace then we were accustomed using in our already existing ABA program.

I became very excited about incorporating the analysis of verbal behavior into my son's program, only to become quickly frustrated. Consultants that were well versed in this type of teaching were not available without a very long waiting period. If I was going to provide my son with this learning experience, I needed to educate myself. Very early after we first received Zachary's diagnosis of autism, I learned parents could be the best resource for information. Therefore, I felt a need to start a list group that would provide parents and professionals with the opportunity to ask questions and share information about this type of teaching.

"DTT-NET" is not a methodology. "DTT-NET" is an acronym used to describe an Internet list group dedicated to helping parents and professionals working with children with autism. I feel those six letters together, DTTNET, are loaded with information that is beneficial to anyone interested in finding a way to help children with autism become successful learners.

As a parent, I was able to understand more of what Dr. Carbone was teaching in his workshops after reading Chapter 13 of Dr. Mark Sundberg and Dr. James Partington's book (1998) "Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities." According to Drs. Sundberg and Partington, "One of the most complex tasks both parents and professionals face is developing and implementing an effective language intervention for children with autism. Parents and professionals are finding that BOTH Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Training (NET), together with the help of Skinner's (1957) Functional Analysis of Verbal Behavior to be very effective for children with autism. …

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