Response Interruption and Redirection

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Response Interruption and Redirection (RIR)

Response interruption and redirection can be used to eliminate or reduce interfering behaviors.

What Will I Learn?

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

  • Learning basic knowledge about response interruption and redirection (RIR).
  • Applying RIR in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The RIR module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for RIR 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of RIR 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for RIR 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using RIR 45 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring RIR 25 minutes
Applying RIR 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Tomaszewski, B., Regan, T., & AFIRM Team. (2017). Response interruption and redirection. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the response interruption and redirection (RIR) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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