As I've said before- positive reinforcement is a specific strategy- not just randomly giving out 'rewards'.
By definition, positive reinforcement occurs when something is presented immediately following a behavior and as a result, that behavior occurs more often in the future.
Behavior-->Something is added-->behavior occurs more often in the future
There are two key points here:
Read all about the specifics of positive reinforcement here.
Lately, we've been using positive reinforcers to get through dinner time. For some reason our toddler doesn't love to try new foods. Crazy, right? Toddlers typically eat vegetables so peacefully, right?
Here are some reinforcers we've used to survive dinner time lately. Seriously. We've used these and they've been effective.
What crazy, I mean practical, reinforcers have you found to be effective lately?
Are you a pro at using positive reinforcement effectively? High 4 for you!
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Leanne Page, MEd, BCBA