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Episode 105: Hierarchy of Prompting in ABA

Through effective prompting, we’re able to help our learners succeed. In this podcast, we dive into the hierarchy of prompting so we can use it in the best way possible. We use prompting in our everyday lives, like when we use calendar invites to remember important events. In the world of ABA, prompts are a way to guide our learners to the correct response. Prompts come after the introduction of the stimulus (the instruction) and before the learner’s response. They’re typically based on prior history, so they’re put in place before the learner makes errors to avoid practicing those errors. We want to teach students the correct response right from the get go.

There are many ways to use prompting, and we discuss examples of how it looks in action. We also discuss the importance of repetition and modeling and why they help learners become more successful. The hierarchy of prompting is structured from the least intrusive to the most intrusive, and we talk about when each prompt should be used. We also discuss fading prompts, why verbal prompts are the hardest to fade, and how to use most-to-least and least-to-most prompting. 

We created a visual with the hierarchy of prompting to make it easier for you to make the right choices for your learners. Download it below!

What’s Inside:

  • How to choose a prompt based on the hierarchy of prompting.
  • Why verbal prompts are the hardest to fade.
  • How to use most-to-least and least-to-most prompting.

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