Educator Voices: Preference Assessment

It is important to think about how to determine what is actually reinforcing for students. In order for something to be reinforcing, the delivery of that item/activity, etc. must increase the likelihood that a behavior will happen again. Reinforcement is all about motivation! We must have effective reinforcers (things that will motivate our students to learn to do those things that will benefit them in a variety of ways. While there are some things that may seem obvious, what actually reinforces an individual can be confusing and hard to figure out. Sometimes we hear teachers say, “there is nothing that reinforces them” or “it worked for a while and then it stopped.” In this podcast, we’re hoping to help you “listen” to your students in a variety of ways – They’ll most likely tell you how to motivate/reinforce them!

Preference Assessment Tipsheet