Podcast 14: Using Reinforcers to Improve Behaviors

In this episode, Amy shares how using reinforcers can help encourage positive behavior. She talks about the difference between reinforcement and bribery. She then gives practical tips on how you can begin to use reinforcers to help your child overcome challenging 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.