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Reinforcement can be used by a variety of professionals, including general education teachers, special educators, therapists, classroom assistants, parents, peers, and siblings in a variety of educational and community-based environments.
With What Ages Is Reinforcement Most Effective?
Reinforcement can be used effectively with learners with ASD across the age range, regardless of cognitive level and/or expressive communicative abilities. The evidence base identified by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders shows that reinforcement is an effective practice that can be used with learners with ASD ranging from 3 to 22 years of age. Emerging research suggests that reinforcement is an effective practice with children younger than 3 years of age.