Pod 14: Using Positive Reinforcement to Improve Behavior

In this episode, I share how using positive reinforcement for children with autism can help improve problem behavior. Next, we talk about what is different between “reinforcement” (positive) and bribery (negative). Finally, we provide some practical tips on how parents might implement more of these techniques to create better habits around problem behaviors.

Tips for Using Reinforcers

  • Choose reinforcers that are highly preferred and motivating to your child.
  • The reinforcer must be contingent and delivered quickly and consistently.
  • The reinforcer should match the behavior.
  • Pair all tangible reinforcers with praise.
  • Once success is seen over a period of time begin to fade the reinforcer by delaying delivery and/or the frequency.

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Amy Nielsen lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the proud mother of four children ranging in age from 5-33! She and her husband, Brent enjoy sports and traveling. Amy is a former teacher with nearly 20 years of experience, a freelance writer, and a special needs advocate. Her mission is to help educate and empower families of children with disabilities to focus on their child's interests and strengths.