Model School Shema Kolainu -- Hear Our Voices Hosts Workshop on Language Acquisition Because Communication Is Life

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 08, 2016) - Once again, a crowd of distinguished professionals and dedicated parents rushed to attend School Shema Kolainu -- Hear Our Voices (SKHOV)'s autism workshop hosted at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Thursday's workshop focused on the acquisition of language by adopting a behavioral approach based on the principle of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy. Academic Leader in the field of autism and IEP Coordinator Chani Katz of the school and center for children with disabilities addressed an audience eager to expand their knowledge and obtain continuing education credits by benefiting from Katz' expertise.

For Katz, Verbal Behavior complements ABA science. Children with developmental delays are taught how to make sense of words. Through Verbal Behavior Intervention, they experience the purpose of words applied to their reality. Quoting the works of B.F. Skinner, Katz elaborated on how to teach a child with developmental delays elementary verbal operants of language. These include echoics (vocal imitation), mands (making a request for reinforcement), tacts (labeling), and intraverbals (conversational skills). Katz also discussed different milestone assessment methodologies and the common barriers to progress.

Under Katz's leadership, the Model School Shema Kolainu -- Hear Our Voices implements and experiments the principles of Verbal Behavior Intervention on the daily basis. The school strives to help autistic children on the road to recovery and ultimately, achieve independence, productivity and their inclusion in the community. Teachers use augmentative communication devices and different computer programs to supplement verbal behavior program.

The school has established itself as an example in the field of special needs education and has earned a reputation of the most respected leader in autism education. The workshop series is a great opportunity to gain knowledge from some of the best resources in the field of autism.

The workshops are made possible by NYC Council Autism Initiative Funding. The next workshop will be held on February 2nd, 2016 and will discuss senses and sensory issues. Admissions are free of charge. If you would like to partake in their programs, please send an email to to be in attendance at their future events. If you cannot attend the workshops, you can always catch the replay on the webinar platform

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Model School Shema Kolainu -- Hear Our Voices Hosts Workshop On Language Acquisition Because Communication is Life