Make sure you have sufficient and effective reinforcement when working with your patient! If you have great reinforcers, you will have success because the patient will be motivated and ready to participate.
Here are some tips for successful reinforcement:
When preparing the environment for effective reinforcement, it is important to think about how you arrange the environment. Consider where toys are kept and if the patient has free access to reinforcers in the environment.
One of the most important things that you can do as an ABA therapist, to make sure that your sessions and your teaching activities are successful, is to make sure that you have sufficient and effective reinforcement. Oftentimes if you have a really good reinforcing item, you're going to have success, because the individual is motivated, and they will want to participate in order to get the reinforcer that's available.
So it's really important that if you are struggling with a client, if you're having a difficult time keeping their attention, keeping their focus, redirecting challenging behaviors, part of that issue may be that the reinforcement that you are offering to that student isn't effective, isn't necessarily what is motivating to that particular person.
So you want to make sure that you are adequately assessing their motivation. Are you doing your preference assessments? Do you have a variety of different things to offer that individual as a reinforcer, so they don't satiate or get bored with things that you have offered them?
Look into the reinforcement, and don't underestimate the importance of reinforcement, because if you have good, strong, effective reinforcement, you have a much greater chance of having success within a learning activity.