Reinforcement is when caregivers promote the toddler’s target skills/behaviors by providing an arranged consequence that occurs immediately after the toddler displays the target skill/behavior.1-2 It usually focuses on increasing the target skill/behavior. In such cases, the consequences should be natural and developmentally appropriate for toddlers (e.g., favorite object, sensory play, preferred food).
The AFIRM for Toddlers modules are designed for early intervention providers working with caregivers (families and childcare providers) of toddlers.
Amsbary, J., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2022). Reinforcement for toddlers. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Modules and Resources. Online module. Retrieved from: https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/r-toddlers