Reinforcement (R+) is a foundational practice that is used with other evidence-based practices. Reinforcement describes the relationship between learner behavior and a consequence that follows the behavior. This relationship is reinforcing only if the consequence increases the likelihood the learner will perform the skill or behavior in the future.
What Will I Learn?
The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:
- Learning basic knowledge about reinforcement (R+).
- Applying R+ in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.
The R+ 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 R+||10 minutes|
|Lesson 1: Basics of R+||25 minutes|
|Lesson 2: Planning for R+||40 minutes|
|Lesson 3: Using R+||40 minutes|
|Lesson 4: Monitoring R+||30 minutes|
|Applying R+||10 minutes|
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 reinforcement (R+) module (PDF document, 2 pages)