Chaining – is a way to teach a multi-step or complex skill. There are 3 types of chaining: Backward, forward, and Total Task. (Watch 4 minute video: ). While often used as a component of ABA instruction, chaining can be used to teach individuals with moderate/profound disabilities a complex skill. A complex skill is a skill that really consists of several small behaviors that are linked or chained together, to accomplish a terminal goal. An example of a skill consisting of several discrete behaviors is wiping a table.

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