Motivation is THE most important variable to consider when teaching children (with autism) to request. Teachers can CAPTURE motivation by knowing a student’s strong reinforcers, CONTRIVE motivation by making things more fun with their interaction, and MANIPULATE motivation by presenting additional items at just the right time. Please watch Lauren demonstrate all three of these practices with Yolena. Lauren knows what Yolena loves and presents bigger and better reinforcers at just the right time to keep her motivation high during the activity. Manipulating motivation allows Lauren to provide many more opportunities for Yolena to practice the important skill of requesting.
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