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Antecedent-Based Interventions

Antecedent-based interventions antecede (take place before) the behaviour that you wish to change.

Examples of antecedent-based interventions include

  • changing the way you ask the person to do things. For example, you could make sure you don’t ask the person to do too many difficult things all at once. Instead, you could ask them to do one simple thing first. When they have done this, ask them to do something a bit more difficult.
  • changing the person’s schedule. For example, you could avoid, minimise or rearrange parts of the day they find challenging. You  could also provide a visual schedule to show them what they are expected to do and when.
  • providing a more effective way for the person to tell you what they want.  For example, you could teach the person to use a voice output communication aid or teach them to use sign language.

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