Activity: Least to Most Intervention

Help identify the right amount of intervention for each individual.


Activity overview

The purpose of this role play is to wait for the cues that dictate how much we intervene to make desired behaviour happen or to prevent unwanted behaviour from happening.

Activity instructions

Part 1 – Role play

Role play a variety of scenarios, using least to most intervention.

Demonstrate 3 to 5 intervention steps beginning with body language or positioning, then on to gesturing, verbal, verbal and physical combined, and finally a full physical intervention (such as guiding, leading, hand-over-hand, modelling).


  • Olivia is beginning to produce false memories (confabulation)
  • Paul is getting antsy in his desk
  • Redina is not returning promptly from the bathroom
  • Stedman is scowling on the playground, his fists clenched at Chris
  • Tyrese is showing extra interest in whatever is in Victor’s backpack
  • Wayne forgot his geometry supplies in his locker

Part 2 – Discussion

Discuss the following questions:

  • what techniques are needed to ensure that people with FASD are supported accurately, responsively and in ways that foster the greatest amount of independence?
  • what is your definition of supported independence?
  • how will we know when enough is enough?
  • how do we know when it’s time to test emerging skills?
  • what are the barriers to integrated planning and implementation?
  • what are the implications for advocacy?
Modified: 2015-09-09
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