Differential Reinforcement

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Differential Reinforcement

Differential reinforcement is an application of reinforcement designed to reduce the occurrence of interfering behaviors (e.g., aggression, self-injury, stereotypic behavior).

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about differential reinforcement (DR).
  • Applying DR in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The DR module will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for DR 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of DR 25 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for DR 45 minutes
Lesson 3: Using DR 45 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring DR 25 minutes
Applying DR 10 minutes

If you leave the module prior to finishing, your place within the module will be saved. From your My Account page, look in the My Modules tab and select the last page viewed to resume this module.

Suggested citation:
Savage, M. N., & AFIRM Team. (2017). Differential reinforcement. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from http://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/differential-reinforcement

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the differential reinforcement (DR) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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