Verbal Behavior Clinic

Our Mission

The Verbal Behavior Clinic (VBC) provides research-supported individualized services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities, and their families. We aim to provide high-quality caregiver training to improve the quality of life for the families and to advance communication and social skills for the individuals with disabilities.

The Verbal Behavior Clinic (VBC) opened its doors in January of 2011 and has since served over 50 families. The clinic focuses on caregiver training as an essential part of treatment. Graduate-level therapists create treatment packages to meet the needs of their clients and teach caregivers how to implement treatments so they can practice at home, school, and in the community. Each case is directly supervised by Sarah Lechago, Ph.D., BCBA-D, director of the clinic.

Our Services

Verbal Behavior (VB) is the application of behavioral principles to language and communication skills. Behavior analysis, the science that underlies verbal behavior focuses on addressing behaviors of social significance.

The Verbal Behavior Clinic (VBC) provides a variety of services to clients of all ages, with and without diagnoses. The VBC uses empirically-based methods to teach caregivers to teach language and social skills to their children. Therapists design programs that help caregivers effectively teach skills to their children in the community. Additionally the VBC conducts thorough skills assessments, often used to help families develop an appropriate treatment plan for their child.

  Language and Communication Skills

The VBC team provides training in a variety of communication systems, including:

  • Vocal speech
  • Sign language
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Talk blocks
  Social Skills Training

Therapists can work with caregivers to create goals for social skills, such as:

  •  Requesting items
  • Cooperative play
  • Peer interaction
  • Conversation skills
   Additional Skills

VBC therapists also provide training in other skill areas pertaining to language and communication, such as:

  • Math and money skills
  • Reading and reading comprehension
  • Attending and joint attention
  • Recalling past events

Language and social skills research is also conducted through the VBC. If you are interested in having your child participate in research, please contact us at

  • Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

    Phone: 281-283-3452
    Fax: 281-283-3510

    Arbor South
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 245
    Houston, TX 77058-1002