ASD Social: Clinical Applications I

Your response Response example
Promoting unscripted responses

Utilize script fading early in the intervention and provide differential reinforcement for unscripted responses.

Prompt fading

Script fading could consist of removing words from the script starting from the end. Script fading is associated with increases in spontaneous responses.

  • Fade out the script, dropping one word from the end at a time (Wichnick-Gillis et al., 2019; also useful for promoting unscripted responses as well as prompt fading)
  • Consider switching to other types of prompts, such as textural or audio, if the learner is not able to respond without the presence of the current prompt
  • Insert a prompt delay, independent responding may be demonstrated without the need to fade (Lopez and Wiskow, 2019)
  • If using reinforcement, switch to a VR schedule (Wichnick-Gillis et al., 2019)