Cued Receptive Instructions (CRI)

Cued Receptive Instructions

The objective is for your child to be able to follow simple instructions with the help of visual stimuli.

What to do

  1. Sit on the floor or table with your child.
  2. Put a bucket and a block in front of your child.
  3. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.
  4. After you have your child’s attention say “Put block in bucket”.
  5. Perfect outcome: Your child puts the block in the bucket You praise your child.
  6. Not so perfect outcome: your child doesn’t move at all.
  7. Reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “Put block in bucket”, then prompt your child (take your child’s hand and put the block in the bucket together) to put the block in the bucket. After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child does it great, reinforce. If not repeat the step from above. I’d repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered, like clap, and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.


It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard.    In the video you will see a demonstration of how to run “Cued receptive Instructions” program.

Items you need

• Bucket
• blocks
• bowl
• shape sorter
• rattle
• drum
• puzzle
• cups
• plates
• spoons,
• crayons
• markers
• books
• any kind of toy that can be manipulated

Autism Support Now offers ABA Therapy in Kansas City and throughout Southeast Missouri. Founded as an ABA self help video site in 2013 (by 501c3, Ella's Hope for Autism) ASN began offering in home ABA services in December of 2016 in Kansas City. In June of 2018 Autism Support Now, LLC opened it's second location in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.