• VB-MAPP stands for Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement
Program. It is a comprehensive tool that is used in speech therapy to assess
the language skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or
other developmental disabilities. The VB-MAPP is based on the principles of
applied behavior analysis (ABA) and focuses on assessing a wide range of
verbal behavior milestones.
• The use of VB-MAPP in effective speech therapy is significant as it provides a
standardized assessment of a client's current communication and language
skills. It helps identify the strengths and challenges in their communication
and language development, and provides a roadmap for setting appropriate
goals and planning interventions. The VB-MAPP assessment also helps in
tracking progress over time and making data-based decisions about the
effectiveness of therapy.
• Additionally, the VB-MAPP can help speech therapists identify the specific areas
where an individual needs to work on to improve their communication skills. The
VB-MAPP includes three components: Milestones Assessment, Barriers
Assessment, and Transition Assessment. The Milestones Assessment evaluates
a client's skills in various areas such as manding (requesting), tacting (labeling),
intraverbals (conversation skills), and social skills. The Barriers Assessment
identifies the obstacles that may prevent a client from acquiring new
communication skills. The Transition Assessment helps to develop a plan for
transitioning a client from one communication setting to another.
• Overall, the VB-MAPP is a valuable tool for speech therapists in designing and
implementing effective therapy interventions that are tailored to the specific
needs and abilities of each client.