Tokens as Reinforcers {for Multiply Controlled Behaviors}

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.


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


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

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This post is part of Summer Series: Reducing Problem Behavior. Click here to see more in this series!

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  1. Would you use a token economy for elementary AS kids?

  2. YES! It’s so successful!


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