Rienforcers are difficult to choose that are effective. Some ideas to make them more effective are listed below.
1. The definition of a reinforcer is something that increases the probablity of the behavior. Therefore this should be considered and determine in order to select an effective reinforcer. The larger the increase in the probabliyt that occurs the more powerful the reinforcer may be.
2. The reinforcer selected can be determined by several methods. One is formal assessment tools, observation of the childs behavior or simply interviewing the child or caregiver to find out what he likes most in the world!
3. Giving the child choices of several powerful reinforcers is a great idea since the reinforcers may not be as effective on different days. For example, if the child likes chocolate he may not like chocolate every day and may be full! Therefore, if he has choices then another reinforcer might be used on some days.
4. Finally, another tip is to select reinforcers that are easily attainable since if they are not the parent or caregiver may not be able to deliver them consistantly. More tips will provided in the future good luck with this start on making your reinforcers as effective as possible each :)