- In order to increase the likelihood that a child will use a replacement behavior across environments, the replacement behavior must be reinforced, or rewarded.
- At first, rewards should be consistent, and on a specific schedule. As success increases, the dependence on these rewards should lessen.
- Rewards should always be paired with specific, immediate verbal praise.
- Using a menu of rewards, that considers the child’s interests, and gives choice, can be very effective so the rewards don’t become tired and predictable.
- Aligning the reinforcement program with what is already occurring in the classroom, can help make the plan more meaningful and easier to implement. Note that often students who are not successful with classroom behavior programs may need rewards more often, with more specific behavior goals, and support.
- Communication with parents and follow through between home and school can be a very effective way of making reinforcement more meaningful. A daily or weekly communication system between home and school can be effective.
- While implementing the plan, general improvement in overall positive behaviors should also be reinforced.