One of the keys in developing successful Learner Profiles, individual plans and transition plans is finding out about the students’ favourite activities, interests and strengths then using them. These can then be used as rewards or ‘reinforcers’, particularly when encouraging students to complete or try new tasks or supporting behaviour. Using a Reinforcement Inventory is a great way of collecting and sharing this valuable knowledge.
What is a reinforcement inventory?
The reinforcement inventory (R.I.) is used to gather up–to-date information about a student’s interests and preferred activities as well as their dislikes. The aim is to know which rewards are likely to be successful in reinforcing the student’s participation and engagement in learning.
It is a valuable tool that:
What does a reinforcement inventory do?
The R.I. gathers information about the students likes, dislikes and particular interests across a wide range of domains.
What are the components of a reinforcement inventory?
Reinforcement inventories vary in complexity with the age and abilities of students. A well designed R.I. will include items a teacher or parent/carer can use to reinforce appropriate behaviour for a number of different purposes.
An important component of reinforcement inventories is to collect information about activities and items that are not only highly preferred, but also those that are tolerated and those that are disliked.
In summary, the RI:
Click information icon to access a copy of the Positive Partnerships Reinforcement Inventory form.
Click information icon to access a copy of the Tolerates, Dislikes form. (Understanding the nature of Autism: A Practical Guide, Janice E.Janzen, Therapy Skill Builders, 1996)