It’s important to know how to use reinforcement properly. There are several types you can use. Reinforcement is one of our most common tools, but we often hear from other teachers and practitioners that it isn’t working. At that point, it helps to ask more questions to try to uncover the problem. If reinforcement isn’t set up properly or doesn’t set the client up for success, then of course it won’t work! Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to ensure success with reinforcement. We dive into them on this podcast.
The definition of reinforcement is using some type of item or preferred activity to increase the future likelihood of desired behavior. Many people get this concept confused, thinking negative reinforcement is when something bad happens and positive is the opposite when in reality, the goal of both is to increase a desired behavior going forward. Another thing to keep in mind is that with reinforcement, we’re focusing on reinforcing a behavior, not an individual. Each child will have different motivators, so use their interests to come up with reinforcement that works. Reinforcement shouldn’t happen only during challenging times; it should be an ongoing process.
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- When to use positive reinforcement vs negative reinforcement.
- Why it’s important to use your clients’ interests when using reinforcement.
- The difference between a reinforcement and a bribe.
- Techniques to make reinforcement work for you.