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Introduction

Here at ThinkPsych, we know that teachers and parents are always looking for free printable resources to use in ABA therapy with their kids. This resource is a printable language tracker to be used with early learners in ABA. It includes a list of fifty first words that are perfect targets to start an ABA verbal language program. They are divided into five categories:

  • 15 Food Items
  • 15 Household Items
  • 10 Animals
  • 5 Toys
  • 5 Clothing Items

Each item then has a column for receptive identification (listener responding), expressive identification (tacting), and feature/function/class identification.

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How To Use

The Language Tracker is divided into 50 rows of nouns and five columns. To use this tool, simply mark down the date that the child masters the target skill. Here is an explanation of each column:

  • Receptive ID – Student can identify picture by pointing within an array of 3 or more cards.
  • Expressive ID – Student can identify picture verbally or by using an alternative means of communication (e.g., PECS, iPad, etc.)
  • Feature/Function/Class – Student can identify picture by associated features, functions, or classes.

Example of Completed Data Sheet

 Once a child has demonstrated mastery for a specific noun within a given skill, you can mark the date of mastery on the sheet. This will then become a useful resource to ensure maintenance of acquired skills.
Once a child has demonstrated mastery for a specific noun within a given skill, you can mark the date of mastery on the sheet. This will then become a useful resource to ensure maintenance of acquired skills.


If you need pictures to help teach your student these early words, we published a set of 150 flash cards that go along with this 50 First Words Language Tracker. There are three examples of each noun to promote generalization. You can find more details about them on the product page.

Click above to see our Language Learning Cards.

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Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Dr. Anton Shcherbakov is a licensed Practicing Psychologist (NJ Lic. #35SI00592000) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA #1-14-16071). He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D) from Rutgers University. He has been working in the field of behavior analysis for over 10 years. He specializes in assessments and consultation for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in clinic, home, and school settings. He has provided training and professional development to teachers and psychologists on topics ranging from using mindfulness for reducing stress in the classroom to management of challenging behavior. He has also presented at local and national conferences on subjects such as behavior analysis and provider attitudes towards evidence-based practice.

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