What is a “mand”?

In behavior analysis, a “mand” is a type of verbal behavior in which an individual asks for or demands something they want or need. It is a request made by the individual that is reinforced by a specific consequence, usually the delivery of the item or action requested.

Mands can be taught and reinforced using applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques, and are an important part of developing functional communication skills. By teaching individuals how to effectively make requests, they can become more independent and improve their ability to communicate their needs and wants.

Examples of mands include asking for a snack, requesting a break, or asking for help with a task. Mands can be expressed through a variety of verbal and nonverbal forms, such as sign language or picture communication systems, depending on the individual’s abilities and preferences.

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