Direct Instruction

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Direct Instruction

Direct Instruction (DI) is a teaching model and accompanying curricula for supporting learners in mastering language, reading, math, and other academic subjects. Instructors follow carefully developed scripted lessons to present instructional content in a clear and consistent manner on each learner’s current skill level. The pace of the instruction is quick, and the specificity of the lessons decreases students’ confusion or misinterpretations.

This module is not intended to replace the Direct Instruction training, but rather, to introduce basic knowledge of DI as an evidence-based practice for learners with autism.

What Will I Learn?

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

  • Learning basic knowledge about Direct Instruction (DI).
  • Applying DI in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The Direct Instruction module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Suggested citation:
Rentschler, L., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2022). Direct Instruction. 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 28 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 5 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the Direct Instruction module (PDF document, 3 pages)

Council for Exceptional Childen

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