Ruth Anne Rehfeldt – Relational operants and Child Development: The Science and the Practice


This presentation will provide an overview of the concept of relational
learning and what it means in terms of language and social development in children. The
role of arbitrarily applicable relational responding and multiple exemplar instruction will
be emphasized as it applies to the acquisition of basic, rudimentary language, early
academic skills, and more complex repertoires such as perspective-taking and problem-
solving. Representative research and curricular approaches for children will be discussed.