Behavioral Momentum Intervention

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Behavioral Momentum Intervention

Behavioral Momentum Intervention builds skills and increases compliance by changing the sequence in which skills are taught. In quick succession, learners respond to several less challenging, known instructional requests followed immediately by a more challenging, instructional request to complete the target skill. By accessing reinforcement and engaging in a pattern of correct responding with the known instructional requests, the likelihood of a learner correctly performing the target skill increases.

Learners with autism may experience challenges with transitions and may not comply with less preferred or unknown learning tasks. BMI capitalizes on an easy-to-hard task teaching sequence to build a pattern of correct responding. The quick pace of teaching requests and ample positive reinforcement of BMI support the learner’s skill acquisition, compliance, and on-task behaviors.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about behavioral momentum intervention (BMI).
  • Applying BMI in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The Behavioral Momentum Intervention module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Suggested citation:
Rentschler, L. F., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2021). Behavioral Momentum Intervention. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Modules and Resources.

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 5 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the behavioral momentum intervention (BMI) module (PDF document, 3 pages)

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