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Chaining – What Is Chaining?

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Updated June 26, 2014

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Definition: Chaining is a teaching method where sub-skills are reinforced in a sequence to enable the learner to perform more complex behaviors. For example, in teaching a child to tie shoes, each individual step, from tightening the laces to making the parts of the knot, would be taught and reinforced until the child can perform the complete task.
Also Known As: backward chaining, forward chaining
Examples:
Chaining is a common teaching technique used in special education programs.

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