Reinforcement vs. Bribery: Is There a Difference?

We've already talked all about reinforcement, so we know how to define it and when to use it. But is it really that much different than bribery? In fact, yes. Yes it is.

I've had almost every parent and staff member I've ever work with confuse the two and interchange them in conversation. I've also had parents and staff tell me that "reinforcement doesn't work" and that they "don't want to bribe" their learner. These are concerning statements to me as a BCBA, as it is telling me they don't truly grasp reinforcement and how it differs from bribery. Let's fix that today.  
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Reinforcement: Dos and Don'ts

No doubt you use your fair share of reinforcement in your everyday life. For sure you use it with your kiddos, with your spouse, and with yourself. Reinforcement  is everywhere and whether or not you are trying to reinforce anyone's behavior, you definitely do throughout your daily life. So since this is such a big part of your existence, maybe we should break down what it is, and the dos and don'ts of reinforcing behaviors.

Staff Training 101

Raise your hand if you would like the staff you work with to be highly trained in their field? I assume everyone's hands were raised. Now raise your hand if you know how to go about doing that? Maybe some of those hands powered back up, while others are a bit more unsure of themselves. No worries - that's why I'm here!

Women’s History Month: Who Inspires You?

Happy Women's History Month! Today, I want to ask YOU a question. Which woman (women) in your life inspire you to be your best self? Are you a woman who inspires others? How are your children or students inspired by women in their lives, or throughout the course of history?

I'm most inspired by my mother, who rose above adversity and single-motherhood to bring her daughter (me!) the best education, most fulfilling life, and meaningful experiences she could. I never went without, never felt that I wasn't cared for, nor ever felt alone. When I think of all the sacrifices she's made for me throughout my existence, it inspires me to persevere every day, and bring joy and meaning to others in my life.

Functional Behavior Assessment: What, Why, and How?

Many special needs teachers, parents, and professionals have heard of a FBA, or a functional behavior assessment. Maybe you have a few students, or your own child has had one done for his/her behavior. I've talked before about the functions of behavior, so it only makes sense to learn more about how we determine the function. Enter: FBAs.

What’s the Function: Sensory

Last but not least, we're learning about automatically-maintained behavior as a function, after learning about attention, escape, and tangible functions. 



All About Behavior Contracts + a Freebie!


Behavior contacts are a common ABA strategy used to change behavior. Whether you have behaviors to decrease or increase, behavior contracts can be an excellent intervention for your learners of a wide range of ages and abilities. I've used them in classrooms, day programs, residential facilities, family homes, and with individuals who live on their own in the community. One of the great things about behavior contracts is the ability to tailor it to your individual and the context in which the strategy will be used.
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