Teaching Self-Control Skills to Facilitate Kindergarten Readiness

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the currently available literature on kindergarten-readiness skills and the need for additional guidance in this area.
  2. gain exposure to a delay/denial protocol that can be implemented to teach kindergarten-readiness skills.
  3. understand how this protocol can be adapted within a school setting.


National standards highlight the importance of kindergarten readiness skills, such as communication skills and delaying gratification. However, there is little available guidance on how to teach these skills at the Tier 1 level. The current study provides an overview of a delayed/denied access protocol for students between the ages of 2 and 5. Results indicated that students displayed significant reductions in target behavior and increases in adaptive communication which were maintained across phases.



Kaitlin M. Gould, UMass Boston
Matthew Edelstein, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Alicia L. Sullivan, Kennedy Krieger Institute

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