Reinforcer Sampling/Assessment

Description of the Strategy

Reinforcer sampling and assessment are procedures that guide—or serve as a component of—a variety of behavioral interventions. These procedures emerged from the field of behavior analysis and are easy for teachers, caregivers, and other providers to use. To define briefly, reinforcer sampling involves making freely available (i.e., administering noncontingently) a portion of a potential reinforcer (e.g., a taste of candy, movie preview) to increase the likelihood that the relevance and strength of the reinforcer will be maximized when it is made available contingently. Reinforcer assessment refers to the observation-driven or interview-based measurement of the relative strength of stimuli/events with regard to their reinforcing effects on behavior. These procedures are described in more detail below.

Reinforcer Sampling

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