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Rainbow Newsletter | Feb 2023

Feature Article

Differential Reinforcement

A 'not so science-y' approach to behavior

Differential reinforcement may sound like a scary "science-y" term, but it simply is a strategy used to decrease unwanted behaviors. This may include but is not limited to a form of aggressive behavior, elopement, cursing and dropping. Differential reinforcement is put into place to weaken a behavior that may be impeding learning, or daily living. There are several variations of differential reinforcement. Which form to implement depends on the learner, and the behavior at hand. It is important when implementing differential reinforcement to refrain from reinforcing the unwanted behavior itself. Below is a chart with the various forms of differential reinforcement and examples.

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