ASD Social: Clinical Applications I

Your response Response example
Promoting unscripted responses

Ask subject to observe peers and incorporate phrases

Prompt fading

Easy to apply, naturalistic to contect

  • 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)