The behavior chain interruption strategy: Generalization to out-of-routine contexts

Julie Grunsell, Mark Carter

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The behavior chain interruption strategy (BCIS) was used to teach 4 students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and severe communication disorders the skill of requesting. The BCIS involved inserting a planned interruption into an existing class routine and providing instruction at this point. All students learned to request within a routine using graphic symbols and generalized these requesting skills to 2 untaught routines. Most significantly, all students generalized requesting to out-of-routine contexts involving requests in the absence of the predictable sequence of events that usually occasioned the communication. Requesting was maintained for up to 18 weeks after intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-390
Number of pages13
JournalEducation and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002


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