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Several studies of facilitated communication have demonstrated that the facilitators were controlling and directing the typing, although they appeared to be unaware of doing so. Such results shift the focus of analysis to the facilitator's behavior and raise questions regarding the controlling variables for that behavior. This paper analyzes facilitator behavior as an instance of automatic verbal behavior, from the perspective of Skinner's (1957) book Verbal Behavior. Verbal behavior isdoi:10.1007/bf03392890 pmid:22477083 pmcid:PMC2748555 fatcat:n2eyek7sfrgxdnqa7t7jvp4zim