On July 30, 2017 at Idlewild Baptist Church, we were graciously hosted to present an introduction to one of our favorite topics, Applied Behavior Analysis. We were fortunate to speak to the volunteer teachers in the Children’s Ministry about managing challenging behavior in the classroom entitled “Focus on the Word, Not the Challenging Behavior”. We discussed the concept and implementation of differential reinforcement in the classroom as a tool to utilize for greater classroom success when faced with children who are exhibiting problem behaviors.
Special Learning, Inc. (2017) states that “Differential Reinforcement is the implementation of reinforcing only the appropriate response (or behavior you wish to increase) and applying extinction to all other responses. Extinction is the discontinuing of a reinforcement of a previously reinforced behavior.
A basic principle of differential reinforcement is the concept of discrimination. Discrimination is developed through differential reinforcement by determining when reinforcement is and is not received. An example of differential reinforcement is rewarding a child for brushing their teeth before bedtime and withholding the reward when the child does not brush their teeth before bedtime.” Go here for the full article.
Take a look at our presentation Idlewild ABA Presentation Part 1 FINAL 7-30-17
One participant in our training stated that they utilized the Earning (Token) System in their home after learning about it at the training and it is working … we are so grateful we could have such a positive effect! Thank you for the feedback.