What is “NR”? “NR” is short for ‘no response’. In terms of ABA, when a therapist is collecting data after a trial and the client does not responds at all, their score would be considered a ‘no response’ or “NR.” Some learners can be prompted to do physical activities like playing games, completing schoolwork, and singing songs, but once they are requested to respond to a question or demand, they go blank. Typically, eye contact dissolves, and a blank stare occurs. Remember, it is impossible to force out a verbal response from someone else. It is not uncommon to become nervous or doubt your skills as a professional when ‘no response’ occurs. However, it is important to keep in mind that you should: Continue trying to connect with the client Avoid ‘waiting out’ the client until they respond Do not try raising your voice, this will not help with receiving a response Prevent repeating your clients name; if they are not giving a verbal response to demands then they definitely will not respond to their name being called Do not continue teaching and giving new information, this is not going to help your client learn if they are unable to respond to the initial request Focus on Yourself The best piece of advice to remember is to avoid blaming the client. Focus on how you can change your actions in order to motivate the client. Are you able to make your materials more engaging? Can you reinforce differently? Can the client sense your frustration? Are you teaching too quickly or too slowly? How can you make yourself more fun? Continue trying new tactics to see what motivates the client to give you a verbal response. Even if something fails, at least you know it does not work and you’ve made progress in determining how to receive a response from the client. For any additional information, please reach out to The SEED Center. Our team of highly trained professionals is eager to help! Photo by ALP STUDIO on Unsplash Post navigation ABA Communication Techniques ElaboratedFunctional-Unique-Natural, FUN!