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Verbal Operant

Verbal operant is a term used within the verbal behaviour approach to describe one of the components of expressive language.

Specific verbal operants include:

  • Mand: A request or demand.
  • Tact: A comment used to share an experience or draw attention to something.
  • Intraverbal: A response to what someone else is saying. For example, an answer to a question that someone else has just asked.
  • Echoic: A repeated, or echoed, word.

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