I worked in our latency aged group home today and was reminded of a very simple, yet some how easily forgotten concept:
Reinforcers MUST by defination be reinforcing to the person involved.
If you're trying to motivate any child, youth, or even yourself, the reinforcer (or award) must be something that is enticing enough to make you want to change. The reinforcer must also be frequent enough for the child's developmental level or the difficulty of the task.
Free Reinforcers that worked for my non-compliant youth today included:
*Playing a Board game after positive behavior
*Being read to
*Watering the plants
The youth teeter-tottered all day but he had a slightly better day today, then yesterday!
Progress, regardless how small must be celebrated!!