Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)
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VB-MAPP Training (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program)

January 15, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

In this online webinar and one day in person training, participants will learn about the VB-MAPP assessment, learn how to assess, and administering the test.

The VB-MAPP is a criterion-reference assessment tool, curriculum guide and skill tracking system, for children with Autism or other children with language delays. There are 5 components of the VB-MAPP which provide a baseline level of performance, direction for intervention, a system for tracking skill acquisition, a tool for outcome measures, and a framework for curriculum planning. The first component is the milestones assessment which measures the child’s existing verbal and related skills. The assessment contains 170 measurable learning and language milestones that are sequenced and balanced across 3 developmental levels (0-18 months, 18-30 months, and 30-48 months). The skills assessed include mand, tact, echoic, intraverbal, listener, motor imitation, independent play, social and social play, visual perceptual and matching-to-sample, linguistic structure, group and classroom skills, and early academics. Included in the Milestones Assessment is the Early Echoic Skills Assessment (EESA) subtest developed by Barbara E. Esch, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA. The second component is the VB-MAPP Barriers Assessment, which provides an assessment of 24 common learning and language acquisition barriers faced by children with autism or other developmental disabilities (ie. behavior problems, failure to generalize, defective social skills, etc). The third component is the VB-MAPP Transition Assessment, which contains 18 assessment areas and can help to identify whether a child is making meaningful progress and has acquired the skills necessary for learning in a less restrictive educational environment. This assessment tool can provide a measurable way for a child’s IEP team to make decisions and set priorities in order to meet the child’s educational needs. The fourth component is the VB-MAPP Task Analysis and Skills Tracking, which provides a further breakdown of the skills, and serves as a more complete and ongoing learning and language skills curriculum guide. The fifth and final component is the VB-MAPP Placement and IEP Goals, which correspond with the four assessments above.

This training is designed for people who work with any age, early education students with significant deficits in language skills. We encourage speech pathologists, school psychologists, BCBAs, coordinators or other professionals charged with providing training to other adult learners and who are confident in doing so in an applied learning context.  


Learning Targets for Online webinar and in person training

1.     Introduction to VB-MAPP

2.     Verbal Operants

3.     Guidelines when administering VB-MAPP

4.     Milestones Assessment

5.     Barriers

6.     Transitions

7.     Writing IEP goals


  • Please indicate in "Accomodations" if you will need a lactation room. 
  • Particpants will only receive CE credit if they attend the whole training and do no leave early.
  • Lunch will not be provided.
  • Particpants are required to watch a 35 minute webinar before the training.

    This event is approved for Type 2 continuing education units for BCaBAs and BCBAs by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. A total of 6 CEUs will be offered for this event. For further information, contact Peggy VonFeldt, peggyv@tasnatbs.org. The content for this event is considered intermediate.

****Approved for 6.5 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, LTS S1318

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Time January 15, 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Check In at 8:00 AM
Must attend the whole time and not leave early to receive CEs.
Format Meet In Person
6.0 Professional Learning Contact Hours
Provider(s) Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports
Contact Janine Kesterson
Trainer Dr. Janine Kesterson PhD, BCBA-D, NCSP, LBA, Pam Scharping, MS, BCBA, LBA, and Peggy VonFeldt, MA, BCBA, LBA
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Venue Olathe Community Center
1205 E Kansas City Rd .; Olathe, KS; 66061-3409
Olathe Community Center