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
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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