As ABA practitioners, we have many teaching procedures in our toolbox. Today we want to talk about one of those tools, precision teaching, which is also called fluency-based instruction.
Why is Fluency Important?
Many of us remember having to memorize multiplication tables in elementary school. While it was an intimidating task, chances are we still know all the tables by heart because we learned them fluently as children. Having fluency in multiplication tables has an impact on learning math as a whole. Similarly, for our students, teaching skills to fluency has an impact on their lives.
We call this precision teaching in ABA. Also called fluency-based instruction, it’s a system of teaching that utilizes exact measurements and data to guide instruction and curriculum choices. On the podcast, we give a fluency definition in ABA and discuss what it looks like when put into practice.
One way fluency benefits our students is through skill acquisition. When they can complete tasks quickly and with ease, they’re less likely to engage in escape or problem behaviors. We discuss all the ways you can use fluency when teaching skills. We also talk about how to make precision teaching less complicated and more fun.
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- What is fluency-based instruction and how does it help our students?
- Why fluency is important in terms of skill acquisition and reducing negative behavior.
- Examples of fluency-based instruction in action.
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