When I hear multiply controlled behaviors, I immediately think – token economy. There are a ton of reasons why I love token economies but their ability to account for multiple functions is #1 on my list. A well-run and well-setup token economy is a tiny gift from above. You can use tokens as reinforcers is KEY and alter the reinforcement. Tokens can be exchanged for a wide range of reinforcer options. Include all types of potential functions within backup reinforcer. Ie: exchange token for break, treats, teacher attention, game time, etc. So the student can simultaneously be working for either a break or attention/tangible depending on the function of the behavior at the time. This is essential for accommodating for multiple functions.

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Token economies are always rockin because you can work on the behavior of multiple students at the same time as well!

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If I haven’t sold you yet – check out these two posts on token economies for more information:

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