What is Errorless Learning?

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What is Errorless Learning?

Errorless learning is an instructional strategy that special educators use to make sure that the correct response is always chosen.  Basically, it’s a way for the child to ALWAYS get the right answer.  Errorless learning involves using prompts that should eventually be faded.

Why use Errorless learning?

Students on the spectrum and even some other disabilities aren’t always successful when learning from the mistakes that they make like typical children do.  Sometimes correcting a mistake when using standard instructional methods will result in negative behaviors and then no learning is had. So instead, we give them errorless tasks and activities.

What are the benefits of Errorless learning?

There are so many benefits that come from errorless learning, here are just a few:

1. builds confidence

2. increases stamina

3. increases one-to-one corresponding skills

4. decreases behaviors

5. gain more time back

6. Student acquires skills faster

7. provides a positive learning environment

8. highly engaging

9. more opportunities for students to gain reinforcer

How do I fade Errorless learning?

You want to make sure that you start fading by using one distractor.  Maybe that distractor is a blank card, maybe it’s an object, but you place the distractor with the correct response in front of the student.  I would start by placing the distractor far away from the student, but still in view.  That way the student is still choosing the correct response.

What activities can use Errorless Learning?

There are so many different adapted activities that you can turn into errorless activities and there are also activities that you can purchase that are already designed for errorless learning.   You can use Errorless File folder games, Errorless worksheets, Errorless task boxes, or even Errorless Adapted Books!

Who is Errorless Learning for?

Errorless learning is for students who are still struggling with the concept of basic matching and simple sorting.   Students who have severe cognitive disabilities.

Where Can I use Errorless Learning?

You can use errorless learning in small groups, one on one instruction, or even in your independent centers.  Adapted books that are errorless can even go into your classroom library so that even your least confident kids can have a chance to read a book during free time.

Why do I use Adapted Books as the main tool for Errorless learning?

I have been using adapted books in my classroom and both me and my students have fallen in love with them.  They target so many different skills in one lesson.  We work on building confidence and vocabulary.  We target fine motor skills by removing the images from the velcro and turning the pages.  We work on scanning for the correct answer.  We work on reading print left to right.  There are just so many benefits to using these books.

FREE ADAPTED BOOKS:

If you are looking for FREE ERRORLESS ADAPTED BOOKS? I have made two for free available for you.   You can grab the ‘yellow’ book here, or ‘in the neighborhood’ book here.

I wanted to make sure that I had enough adapted books that my students wouldn’t get bored of doing the same book all of the time.  So I created 25 books that we can use all year.  I take one for students a few times a month.   I have 13 anytime books and then I created 12 colored books with real images that include the rainbow as well.  I have bundled these resources in my TpT store.

My students already have favorites that they are gravitating towards.  I will often give them a choice of two errorless adapted books and let them pick between the two.

You can grab either of these bundles of these books by clicking the pictures below!

Well thats all I have for now.  If you have any questions be sure to email me at Lisa @chalkboardsuperhero.com anytime.

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I am a High School, self-contained Autism teacher from Central New York, who is passionate about individualizing student learning. I am a mommy of three, lover of all things Disney, married to my best friend and addicted to chocolate!! I hope that you find great ideas and inspiration here, so welcome!!

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