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Rainbow Newsletter | March 2023

Feature Article

What is a Token Economy?

A 'not so science-y' approach to behavior

Token economies are often seen when teaching in the field of ABA. A token economy is a system used to build behavior momentum and teach new skills. Each token holds value, and with each token received, learners are one step closer to receiving a highly preferred reinforcer. This could include a tangible item they enjoy playing with, tickles from their favorite person, or time away from the learning environment. In order to earn each token, learners must respond appropriately depending on the stimuli (aka demand/instruction) given. It is important to present stimuli already in the learner's repertoire before expanding to novel instructions. This is what builds behavior momentum.


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