The Power of Positive Reinforcement for Teaching Autistic Children

Reinforcement or bribery: Is there a difference?

Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the purpose of using positive reinforcement in the classroom or at home is to shape better behavior and to help them learn new skills and maintain these skills over time. 

When covering this topic of positive reinforcement in my workshops, people often ask me if it’s not the same as bribing someone, and shouldn’t children just learn to do what is asked of them without all of this talk about rewards and working for something preferred?

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