A strategy that gives attention to children’s positive behaviors using praise, recognition, or rewards.
Children need immediate feedback to know when they’re meeting behavioral expectations. Providing reinforcement will make it more likely that children will repeat positive behaviors in the future.
Hallmarks of This Strategy
Keep it Positive
Spot positive behaviors from every child and focus feedback on what they’re doing well.
Providing reinforcement in the moment makes it more likely that children will show the positive behavior again.
Vary reinforcement among children and over time so they’re meaningful and effective.
In this lesson, we describe the strategy of reinforcement. We explore common types of reinforcers, and cover ways you can effectively implement this strategy.