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Re: special education rewards

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 20:18:41 -0400 (EDT)

I know it goes against the grain to reward people for what they should do
anyway. Some children, however, have minimal impulse control and need
immediate and tangible rewards associated with positive behavior. Little
by little, food is replaced with stickers, stars, tokens, or "points", and
then verbal praise.
Food is a powerful motivator for children who are operating on a very
basic level. Eventually, when the the desired behavior becomes internalized,
more subtle forms of feedback (grades, non-verbal communication) will be

On Sat, 28 Sep 1996, kathleen c black wrote:

> In response to Joanne L Vanbezooyen,
> I have an observation on a special education art class. While
> working with a student, I, as the art specialist and teacher heard a
> teacher aid reprimand another student for his lack of participation and
> general unacceptable behavior. The assistant said " Well, there goes your
> M & M treat!" It did not seem acceptable that to me that a student should
> be rewarded for behavior with a treat, let alone with candy! Any thoughts
> from anyone on this? Kathy Black