What is it?
Response interruption/redirection is an evidence based practice that is used to decrease behaviours that are disruptive, repetitive or self-injurious. It is often used to support behaviours that are sensory based. The strategy involves stopping a student from engaging in the behaviour, often using a verbal or physical prompt, and then redirecting them to engage in an alternative appropriate activity that serves a similar function. This has been an important component of interventions addressing more serious behaviours of concern such as self-injury.
How do I use it?
Response interruption/redirection is a specialised strategy that is generally used by professionals trained in the technique. It is important to implement this strategy carefully as interrupting some repetitive behaviours e.g. echolalia may be inappropriate and/or can increase a student’s stress and anxiety.
It is therefore important for teachers to work closely with experienced practitioners if this is a strategy that they feel is appropriate for a student. It is not recommended that teachers attempt to implement this strategy without support.
All age groups with appropriate adjustments for age and ability.
Where can I learn more?