Response Chain

A response chain is a collection of individually shaped behaviors that follow one another to form a cohesive set of behaviors. For example, a person is going to take a bus from home to work. This involves going to the bus stop, waiting for the bus to stop and open the door, entering the bus, paying with exact change, finding a seat, sitting down and waiting for your stop, getting up when the bus stops, walking to the door and exiting. This set of behaviors is easy for a normally intelligent adult, but involves a number of steps that can be challenging for a child or intellectually handicapped adolescent or adult to master.

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