Reinforcer-Seeking Games – Webinar
About this event
Establishment of social stimuli as reinforcers is perhaps the highest priority in programs for learners diagnosed with ASD. Ideally, we’re able to establish this value during natural, free-flow interactions, such as by joining a learner who is playing with trains and making this play better with us than it is without us. This can be easier said than done as some learners have very limited interests and some can be defensive of play materials. It can also be difficult to train teachers and parents to flexibly join learners in play.
In these cases, we may begin by teaching a variety of ways of accessing currently effective reinforcers (e.g., trains, treats, markers, letters, etc). We can begin with easy examples of hiding reinforcers, such as “hide-the-prize” and we can build towards more advanced examples, such as “Scavenger Hunt” and “Hotter/colder”. Each of these activities brings multiple potential benefits to the teacher-student relationship and it is relatively easy to train teachers and parents in their implementation.
December 6, 2021, 5:00PM CST