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Why Use Time Delay?


Time delay procedures are an effective and efficient way to teach learners with ASD new skills because they are user-friendly, easy for team members to implement, cost-efficient, and are associated with low error rates during instructional activities (Kurt & Tekin-Iftar, 2008). For example, time delay procedures offer an efficient way to teach new skills because they do not require any additional materials other than those that are going to be used during the instructional activity (Liber, Frea, & Symon, 2008; McCormick, 2006b). To implement time delay, team members only need to gain a learner’s attention, monitor the delay interval, and provide a motivating reinforcer (Liber, Frea, & Symon, 2008). Time delay also is highly effective at teaching new skills because the use of controlling prompts results in near-errorless learning. That is, learners almost always use target skills successfully (with or without prompts) during a trial. 

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