This is one of my favorite visuals. I feel like I already said that about a different visual – but I’m one of those ‘you can have more than one best friend people.’ So this is one of my favs.

Students with autism (and many general education students really!) are not motivated by such typical reinforcers such as teacher praise, grades, or work completion. Sometimes they need something more tangible to work for. It drives me NUTS when people insinuate that this is bribery/should not be used. My quick sassy comeback – would you go to work if you didn’t get paid? Didn’t think so lady. (feel free to use that as needed!)

For my students who have lower receptive language, they may not be able to understand when you verbally tell them “you can have computer time after you finish your work.” They may need a visual cue to understand this. I use a mini token economy system for students like this. Students can pick what they want to work for from a visual choice board.

The teacher will deliver stars based on good behavior, correct response, or task completion. Once they get all of the stars – they earn the reinforcer. This has helped me get some of my most difficult and challenging students working and behaving well!

Here is a video tutorial:

and a product preview of this resource on TpT!


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