Some children make impulsive choices (i.e., choose a small but immediate reinforcer over a large
but delayed reinforcer). Previous research has shown that delay fading, providing an alternative
activity during the delay, teaching participants to repeat a rule during the delay, combining delay
fading with an alternative activity, and combining delay fading with a countdown timer are
effective for increasing self-control (i.e., choosing the large but delayed reinforcer over the small
but immediate reinforcer). The purpose of the current study was to compare the effects of
various interventions in the absence of delay fading (i.e., providing brief rules, providing a
countdown timer during the delay, or providing preferred toys during the delay) on self-control.
Results suggested that providing brief rules or a countdown timer during the delay was
ineffective for enhancing self-control. However, providing preferred toys during the delay
effectively enhanced self-control.
Anne Catherine Denning is a BCBA and an ACE (Approved Continuing Education) Provider with Consultants for Children, Inc. approved by the BACB.
Anne has a passion for improving the quality of providers in the Autism Intervention category and is a Behavior Analyst. She leads cases and supervises RBTs, BCaBAs and BCBAs and keeps her content material relevant and based on recent research.