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Many individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) become dependent on prompts from adults. Prompt dependence limits a learner's ability to generalize the use of skills to new situations, activities, and with a variety of individuals. Time delay, an evidence-based intervention, is particularly effective at preventing prompt dependence. Time delay is a response-prompting procedure that focuses on fading the use of prompts during instructional activities. This module provides information on time delay.

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 40 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $20 certficate

Module Objectives:

  • Identify prerequisite skills needed by learners with ASD before time delay can be implemented
  • Identify the key components of a time delay trial
  • Describe the steps for implementing constant and progressive time delay
  • Explain the process of monitoring learner progress and how data are used to make decisions about increasing the time interval during teaching activities
  • Describe the different ways in which time delay can be implemented across the school day

Module Authors


  • Bobby Huffman, M.A.-ABA
  • Jennifer Neitzel, Ph.D.

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