A Review of SAFMEDS: Evidence for Procedures, Outcomes and Directions for Future Research

Abstract

SAFMEDS is an assessment and instructional strategy pioneered in the late 1970s by Ogden Lindsley. SAFMEDS was developed as an extension and improvement of flashcards. The aims of this article are to provide an overview of the literature related to SAFMEDS and to identify further research needs. The results of this review suggest that a great deal of research is still needed to clarify the SAFMEDS procedures and the benefits of SAFMEDS over traditional instruction. These conclusions are in line with broader criticisms of fluency-based instruction.

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Quigley, S.P., Peterson, S.M., Frieder, J.E. et al. A Review of SAFMEDS: Evidence for Procedures, Outcomes and Directions for Future Research. Perspect Behav Sci 41, 283–301 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-017-0087-8

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  • SAFMEDS
  • Flashcards
  • Fluency
  • Precision teaching