Autism Conference

2015 Autism Conference - The Verbal Behavior Approach


June 24-25, 2015


8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
(registration 7:30-8:30)


Holiday Inn Grand MT, Rains Room
5500 Midland Rd, Billings, MT




Registration Fee: Free!


Credit Options

  • 12 OPI Renewal Units
  • 12 MASHA CEUs
  • 12 BACB CEUs
  •  1 credit: EDCI 589-400
  •  1 credit: SPED 589-400
  • Nursing Credit

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For more information, contact Debra Miller, Region III CSPD, 406.657.2072,


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Funding provided in part by the Montana Autism Education Project, OPI

June 24th


What the Verbal Behavior Approach Means to Families, Schools, and Communities


""Mary Lynch Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D, offers a unique perspective as a parent of a child with autism, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and an author. Since her son’s diagnosis one day before his third birthday, Mary has focused her attention and research on autism and related disorders. In 2000, she was the Founding President of the Autism Society of Berks County. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2003 and worked until 2010 as the Lead Behavior Analyst for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project (PA VB), a statewide initiative assisting staff in the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal Behavior in over 100 public school autism classrooms. Through the PA VB Project as well as through her private consulting business, Mary has had the privilege of working with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum and has assisted in providing training to thousands of professionals and parents. In 2007 she published The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders and completed a Ph.D. in Leadership in 2011. For more information about Dr. Barbera or her book, go to


June 25th


Implementing the Verbal Behavior Approach


""Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (1980), under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. Dr. Sundberg serves on the Board of Directors of the B. F. Skinner Foundation. He is the author of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), and co-author of the original Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) assessment tool and the book Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. He has published over 50 professional papers and 4 book chapters. He is the founder and past editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, a twice past-president of The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, and a past-chair of the Publication Board of ABAI. He is a licensed psychologist who consults for public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that serve children with autism. His awards include the 2001 “Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award” from Western Michigan University, and the 2013 “Jack Michael Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior Award” from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group.