Reinforcement

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.

Reinforce Immediately

Providing reinforcement in the moment makes it more likely that children will show the positive behavior again.

Be Flexible

Vary reinforcement among children and over time so they’re meaningful and effective.

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Using Reinforcement

In this lesson, we describe the strategy of reinforcement. We explore common types of reinforcers, and cover ways you can effectively implement this strategy.