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ABAC/VB-SIG Exceptional Scholars Series Presents Dr. Barbara Esch: An Introduction to Echoic Skills in Early Speech Learners


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ABAC is honored to partner with the ABAI VB-SIG to bring you the limited run Exceptional Scholars Series

Barbara E. Esch, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP  in June 2022

Friday, June 17, 2022 | 11:00 am- 12:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time |12:30-1:00 pm Bonus Q&A Session!

The recording of all ABACLive events are accessible to those that register for the live event for 2-weeks.
Continuing education credit and professional development requirements must be met within that two-week window.         
Recording opens the day after the live event. Recording closes 7/1/22 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York).

Each speaker will present for 1-hour and, following their event, will be interviewed live by a graduate student member of the ABAI VB-SIG


 Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa - August 19, 2022 | Dr. Tiffany Kodak - November 4, 2022 | Dr. Martha Hübner - December 9, 2022

Dr. Barbara Esch: An Introduction to Echoic Skills in Early Speech Learners


Dr. Barbara Esch, ABAi VB-Sig Exceptional Scholar, behavior analyst and speech language pathologist, has found that persons who have responsibility for assessing and teaching beginner vocal-verbal skills to learners need instruction in when and what to assess in beginning speech skills. During the one-hour lecture portion of this event, Dr. Esch will review the vocal-verbal skills that describe early speech learners, the three levels of echoic skills in early speech learners and how/if the Early Echoic Skills Assessment (EESA) is relevant for each, treatment targets for three levels of echoic skills in early speech learners, and more. Dr. Esch will also provide in-depth information about the Early Echoic Skills Assessment (Revised) and the answers to frequently asked questions. Following the 1-hour presentation, a graduate student will interview Dr. Esch and then the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Target Audience: Persons who have responsibility for assessing and teaching beginner vocal-verbal skills to learners and/or professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


At the conclusion of this event participants will be able to:

1) Select three levels of echoic skills in early speech learners
2) Identify information that can be obtained from the EESA-R assessment


Dr. Barbara Esch is a behavior analyst and speech pathologist with over 30 years of experience in behavioral interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has worked in school, home, clinic, and hospital settings. Her workshops, training symposia, and research have been presented in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia and focus on the use of behavioral procedures to improve speech, language, and feeding skills for individuals of all ages with a wide range of medical and educational diagnoses. Dr. Esch received her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University under the mentorship of Dr. Jack Michael and Dr. Jim Carr and her M.A. in Speech Pathology from Michigan State University. She is the author of the Early Echoic Skills Assessment, part of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: VB-MAPP (Sundberg, 2008). She is the founder and past chairperson of the Speech Pathology Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Her research on behavioral treatments for early speech acquisition appears in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Esch is co-owner of Esch Behavioral Consultants LLC, a consulting company specializing in behavioral treatments for individuals with severe communication delays.


Dr. Barbara Esch earns royalties from the sale of EESA, which is contained as part of the VB-MAPP (Sundberg, 2008).


  • 1.5 BACB CEUs (Learning) 
  • 1.5 QABA  Learning Units (LUs)
  • 0.1 IACET CEU
  • SLPs:  0.1 IACET CEU = 1 PDH for SLPs - This event was not reviewed by the ABAC SLP Content Expert. Learner is responsible for determining if this event is appropriate for their professional development needs.

Interview portion is not IACET CEU eligible. Bonus Q&A Session is NOT CE eligible.

Not eligible for NBCC, AOTA, APA, or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.


  • Attendance Verification and Passing Score on Post-test (80%) Required to Earn Continuing Education Credit
  • Participants are provided multiple opportunities to pass the post-test and provide attendance verification.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.
  • If the abovementioned continuing education credit requirements are not met, participants will not receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. Refunds and transfers are not granted if requirements are not met. In the event additional support is necessary to achieve the expected outcomes (see below) please reach out to to request assistance.

Attendees who meet the continuing education credit requirements must also fill out a confidential evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.

Post-test: Multiple choice questions| Total anticipated time to complete: Approximately 10-15 minutes (CE eligible for some professions) | Passing score: 80%

Attendance Verification: Attendance Code Submission Form | Total anticipated time to complete: 2 minutes


Certificate of attendance are offered to those who do not need or require continuing education credit. For those attending the live event, selecting "other" as a professional designation will produce a certificate of attendance for professional development or internal organization training purposes.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 2 learning objectives for this 1.5 hour event.


11:00 am: Introduction and Speaker Presentation
12:00 pm: Interview 
12:30 pm: Audience QA
1:00 pm: Live Model: Submitting Continuing Education Requirements and Evaluation and Accessing your Certificate

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