What is Reinforcement?

Reinforcement is one of the most powerful strategies available for teaching your client.  A reinforcer is anything that your client enjoys (praise, hugs, candy, preferred toys, etc.) that when provided following the occurrence of a behavior increases the probability that the behavior will increase or happen again.  For example, a child points to a cookie.  Read more about What is Reinforcement?[…]

Types of Reinforcement and Punishment

In this post, we are going to take you back to ABA 101.  Why?  Because getting these reinforcement and punishment terms sorted in our head is important to what we do. For instance, take the term, ‘NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT.’  What does this mean anyway?  Does this mean taking something away to increase a behaviour or does Read more about Types of Reinforcement and Punishment[…]

What is a DRO and How to Implement One

We BCBA’s love our acronyms!  Here’s another one for you: DRO.  This stands for the Differential Reinforcement of Other (behaviour).  It essentially means that we are providing reinforcement for THE LACK of a behaviour. Why would a DRO be useful? Many problem behaviours have a positive opposite that we can reinforce.  So instead of telling Read more about What is a DRO and How to Implement One[…]

How to Keep a Child’s Motivation in ABA

One of the common concerns we get from parents and therapists is that the child isn’t motivated for anything.  Why is this important, you ask?  Well, because in an ABA program, we rely on motivation to get things done.  It’s the “then” in the “first/then”.  It’s the reward at the end of the token board.  Read more about How to Keep a Child’s Motivation in ABA[…]

Reinforcement & Bribery: Is There A Difference?

reinforcementvsbribery.largeA core tool that we use in ABA is positive reinforcement. It’s one of the best ways to shape better behaviour! Yet, plenty of people confuse it with giving bribes and, as such, are quick to dismiss it. Let’s clear the air, so we’re all on the same page. Bribery is not a synonym for reinforcement! Here’s our take on how the two differ. […]

The Power Of Positive Reinforcement

positivereinforcment350Think about the times you’ve been honoured for your contributions at work, gushed over for cooking a delicious meal or high-fived for rocking it at karaoke. Likely, the recognition made you feel awesome and motivated to do more of the same. Positive reinforcement helps bring out the best in all of us, especially children! Focusing on and praising your kiddo’s desirable actions is the best way to shape consistently good behaviour. Here’s the scoop on positive reinforcement. […]