Timer Interventions: Decreasing Latency to Compliance for Preschool Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe how timer-based interventions fit comprehensively within the NASP Practice Model, particularly Domain 6: Services to Promote Safe and Supportive Schools.
  2. explain information to teachers via consultation regarding the efficacy of timer-based interventions.
  3. apply timer-based interventions to preschool classrooms to improve preschoolers’ compliance to transition commands.


Children learn many skills during preschool, but compliance and transition behaviors may be difficult for early learners. Antecedent timer interventions are one way to effectively manage student behavior and provide students with early skills necessary for elementary school. Two studies will be presented that demonstrate the application and implementation of antecedent timer interventions both for individual students and class-wide.



Cara L. Dillon, University of Cincinnati
Julia N. Villarreal, University of Cincinnati
Hannah McIntire, University of Cincinnati
Daniel S. Newman, University of Cincinnati


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