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Episode 110: How to Fade Reinforcement

Reinforcement is one of our most common and useful tools in ABA. But it’s just as important to know how to fade reinforcement. Reinforcement involves presenting a preferred item or activity that’s delivered after a positive response to increase the future likelihood of that response. One of the biggest misconceptions about reinforcement is that offering something to a learner will make them want it every time. The truth is that many reinforcements fade naturally or intentionally after a behavior is learned. In this episode, we dive into fading reinforcement through different schedules.

Fading reinforcement is important because we want our learners to want to do things without expecting something for every response. We discuss different types of reinforcement, including one-to-one and intermittent. As skills get mastered, we introduce new skills, so the introduction and fading of reinforcement is a continual process. Instead of using technical terms, we share examples of how you can fade reinforcement in the real world. Our conversation also includes tips on how to use behavior contracts and self-monitoring as well as how to naturally fade reinforcement in the classroom.

It’s important to find the right reinforcer for each student so we can properly motivate them to respond. Download our free reinforcement checklist below to discover your students’ favorites!

What’s Inside:

  • How to fade reinforcement through different schedules.
  • Real world examples of how to fade reinforcement.
  • How to naturally fade reinforcement in the classroom.

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