What is Errorless Teaching in ABA?
Errorless teaching is used as an instructional strategy to help a student respond correctly. We discuss why errorless teaching is important and how we can use it to benefit our learners. It’s essentially a way to prompt before a response so that an error is not made. In other words, the prompting happens right after the instruction, even before the learner can make any kind of response, to ensure that the learner achieves a correct response immediately.
The goal here is to avoid having our learners practice errors and help them get things right on the first try. The first step in the process is to establish a baseline to assess where the student is at and what they’re capable of. We provide some examples of what errorless teaching procedures look like and tips to help learners succeed. We also discuss how to choose the right prompt, why it’s important to make sure your prompt matches your SD, and how to fade prompts within sessions.
If you need help choosing the right prompt for your student, download our free Prompt Hierarchy Definitions cheat sheet below!