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A Strategy to Help Skills and Behaviors Occur Again
Reinforcement

We all participate in activities and learn new things because there is something that we get out of them. We are motivated by what will follow the things we do, whether it’s cooking dinner, going to work, or getting a tissue after we sneeze. Over time, doing these “behaviors” has been reinforced by something—maybe it’s eating the food after cooking, or maybe it’s the praise from others who eat the food we make; it could be the paycheck we get after working, or interactions with our co-workers when we’re there; maybe using a tissue is reinforced by having a clean nose after wiping or maybe it’s the feeling of the tissue on your nose. In this module, you will learn about different types of reinforcers, how to use structured reinforcement systems to motivate individuals with ASD, and how to measure the impact of the reinforcers you are using.

Estimated Time to Complete Module: 105 minutes

Introduction Chapter 1: Definition Chapter 2: Edible, Tangible, and Activity Reinforcers Chapter 3: Special Interest, Social, and Natural Reinforcers Chapter 4: Creating a Menu of Options Chapter 5: How it Works Chapter 6: Measuring Impact