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ABA's emphasis on providing immediate rewards for correct behavior is crucial to motivation. Rewards that are not gratifying will not reward or motivate someone. Snacks and food rewards work well for this purpose.
For behaviors that require more sustained effort, such as remaining on task for 30 minutes, a more sustained reward may be appropriate.
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So far, we have discussed four effective teaching strategies for people with intellectual disabilities (ID, formerly mental retardation).
However, these effective teaching strategies did not develop by happenstance.
Alternatively, he might raise his hand without talking by sheer coincidence. Step two is learned because once Billy discontinues speaking and chattering while his hand is raised, he will immediately receive a reward.
This step is repeated until Billy can consistently raise his hand while remaining silent.
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