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1 10, 2020

COVID and Autism: Sur-thrival for families

By |2020-10-01T14:23:46-06:00October 1st, 2020|Consistency, Sur-thrival|

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused mass disruption and challenges. Things that we once took for granted are challenging, and those things that were once challenging are now overwhelming. Combining COVID and Autism can lead to additional stressors for all parties. Most children with autism thrive on consistency and routines, [...]

21 04, 2020

Reinforcement vs. Bribe

By |2020-05-22T20:53:01-06:00April 21st, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

Reinforce, not bribe One of the most difficult concepts that many parents struggle with is the use of reinforcement vs. bribery. First consider when the item/activity is presented. Has a behavior occurred that you want to see more of? Is there something happening that you are trying to make [...]

7 04, 2020

Is it REALLY reinforcement

By |2020-05-22T20:56:06-06:00April 7th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

Reinforcement is reinforcement only when it is reinforcing This may be the most important lesson when it comes to reinforcement. Reinforcement is only reinforcement if it works. I know, you are never supposed to use the defining word in the definition. It is bad practice. However, this is really [...]

27 03, 2020

Automatic Reinforcement

By |2020-05-22T21:34:33-06:00March 27th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

I don’t need you: Automatic Reinforcement In the last section, we learned that purposeful actions or accidental actions of another person (i.e. the parent) can reinforce behaviors. Here we cover the fact that behaviors can be reinforced without any help from another person or organism, known as automatic reinforcement. [...]

27 03, 2020

Negative Reinforcement

By |2020-05-22T21:15:23-06:00March 27th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

Bad Reinforcement! Very, very bad- wait, that’s not right! Recently I read an article which summarized Applied Behavior Analysis as using “positive reinforcement to get aggressive behaviors under control.” Positive reinforcement-positive! Is that all we can use now?! Negative reinforcement is always discriminated against. Even Sheldon Cooper misused the [...]

25 03, 2020


By |2020-05-22T21:18:28-06:00March 25th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

Reinforcement is reinforcement regardless of the behavior… To begin the Mini-Course "Same Page Terminology", let’s understand what reinforcement is. Reinforcement (positive or negative) increases behavior. Knowing if something is reinforcing requires knowing if the preceding behavior is occurring more often. This concept is relatively easy to understand with positive [...]