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What Other Factors Should Be Considered Before Using Prompting?


Intervention planning is key to using prompting procedures effectively. For example, with least-to-most prompts, team members decide on the prompt hierarchy before implementing the intervention. With this and other prompting procedures, a controlling prompt is identified before instruction begins. Finally, reinforcers must be identified and used with all of the procedures if they are to be effective. Reinforcers are delivered following learners’ use of target skills, making it more likely that they will use newly acquired skills in the future. Examples include stickers, pats on the back, and high fives. Please refer to Positive Reinforcement: Steps for Implementation (National Professional Development Center on ASD, 2008) for more information about reinforcement.

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