AFIRM Modules

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Self-management

Use to help learners regulate their behaviors.

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

Use to develop a new response to a stimulus.

Antecedent-based Intervention

Use to decrease an interfering behavior and increase engagement by modifying the environment.

AFIRM Modules

AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an EBP with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download.

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Available EBP Modules

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Antecedent-based interventions can be used to decrease an identified interfering behavior and increase engagement by modifying the environment.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Discrete trial training can be used to teach a new skill or behavior.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 2 - 3 hours to complete.

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Exercise can improve physical fitness and increase targeted behaviors.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Functional behavior assessment can address interfering behaviors.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Modeling is used to visually demonstrate a skill or behavior to a learner. 

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Peer-mediated instruction and intervention (PMII) supports positive and meaningful social interactions between peers and learners with ASD.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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By using PECS, the learner with ASD will develop a system of communication and promote speech development and production.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to complete.

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Prompting reduces incorrect responding as learners with ASD acquire new skills.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to complete.

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Reinforcement increases the likelihood that a learner with ASD will perform a target skill or behavior in the future.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to complete.

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Self-management systematizes self-regulation strategies for learners with ASD.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Social narratives help learners with ASD understand social situations and what is expected of them.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Social skills training refers to adult-directed instruction used to address social skills.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Task analysis breaks down complex target skills or behaviors into smaller steps. Team members then work with the learner to systematically teach the individual steps.

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Time delay is a response prompting procedure that systematically fades prompts during instructional activities. 

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

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Visual supports present information in a way that helps learners with ASD focus on key elements. 

Time to complete:
This module will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete.

Upcoming Modules

SPG Structured Play Group
VM Video Modeling
SC Scripting

The AFIRM team is currently working on developing the remaining modules for each EBP. Create an account to receive e-mail updates when a new EBP is available.

See working definitions of each EBP.

Each AFIRM module provides:

  • Key components of an EBP including the various approaches that can be used with learners
    with ASD
  • Behaviors and skills that can be addressed using the practice
  • A step-by-step process for applying the practice
  • Specific resources that you can download and customize for your own use
  • An option to earn a free certificate for professional development

Visit Learn with AFIRM to find out more.