Discrete Trial Instruction

Description of the Strategy

Discrete trial instruction is a teaching method guided by the core principles of applied behavior analysis and supported by extensive research. It is most frequently used to teach students with autism; however, examples of its application with other populations can be found in the research literature. In the most succinct form, a discrete trial begins with a teacher's request (verbal or nonverbal) for a student response. The request elicits an appropriate response by the student, and that response is followed by positive or corrective feedback from the teacher. Each “trial” is defined by the student's opportunity to respond with a “discrete” beginning and ending that typically lasts about 5 to 10 seconds. This method of instruction has been used ...

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