ASD Social: Clinical Applications I

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Promoting unscripted responses

Model and rehearse.

Prompt fading

Vary scripts.

  • 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)