Special Education Programs

Verbal Behavior Classroom

Overview and goal of the program

The Verbal Behavior Program is a research-based, data driven program that offers behaviorally based language intervention for students with language delays and behaviors that are impeding academic learning. An individualized remediation program will be created for each student based from results of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). Curriculum is based on the VB-MAPP assessment results and consists of establishing verbal behaviors, social skills, motor skills, academic skills, life skills, etc. in a developmental sequence. A strong component of speech and language is integrated into the classroom to provide intense intervention at an early age, allowing for integration into the regular classroom and enormous gains in a student’s developmental growth.


The Hope Learning Center would like to partner with your school district to provide a Verbal Behavior Program for your students as well as students in neighboring districts. The Hope Learning Center realizes the logistical and financial difficulties in providing an appropriate education for children with special needs. To meet that challenge, we have developed the Verbal Behavior Program.


Any student that exhibits significant delays in language, academics and/or behavior are eligible for the program. A screening will be administered to each student in order to determine eligibility for the program and to determine appropriate placement.

Program Design

Each classroom will have a maximum of 10 students with one certified teacher and a personal care assistant (PCA), and will be supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Throughout the school day, each student will receive several individual intensive teaching sessions, Natural Environment Teaching (NET) lessons, manding sessions, social skills training, and speech and language group instruction. Related services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and counseling services are provided throughout the day as recommended in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).