Reinforcement: Introduction & Practice
Reinforcement is used to increase the chances a learner with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) will use a target skill or behavior. This module targets the basic rules of positive reinforcement and provides interactive case activities for discussing a plan for, using, and monitoring reinforcement.
The module was developed specifically for paraprofessionals working with elementary school students (ages 5-12) with ASD. However, special education teachers, general education teachers, other practitioners, and family members find the video examples and activity-based scenarios helpful. The corresponding Home Companion Guide may be especially helpful for families interested in using reinforcement at home.
What Will I Learn?
The AFIRM module guides the learner through:
- Types of reinforcement, including positive reinforcement and token economy
- How to support learners with ASD by using reinforcement
- Activity-based scenarios that promote real-world application of reinforcement.
The Reinforcement: Introduction & Practice module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
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.
Sam, A., Savage, M., Steinbrenner, J., Morgan, W., Chin, J., & AFIRM for Paras Team. (2020). Reinforcement: Introduction & Practice. FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/