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Parents Q&A – ABA – How to correctly apply Token Economy (1)

Parent’s concern:
Hi, I tried to use the Token Economy to train my son on writing numbers (he hates writing numbers), but he was not following at all. He didn’t understand my instruction. When I told him to sit down, he was ok with that, but he didn’t understand that he needed to complete writing a number to get a sticker and could only get the phone when he gets all 3 stickers. Not even finishing 1 number he already threw tantrum, screaming and crying for the phone. How do I make him understand?

Below Toby suggested how to pick the suitable Token Economy and to correctly apply it.


  Suggestion provided by Toby Mountjoy.

Toby
Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. With over 20 years of experience working with individuals with ASD, he has been extensively trained by Dr. Ronald Leaf, Dr. Mitchell Taubman and Dr. John McEachin. Besides overseeing the Autism Partnership operation in Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines and Singapore with over 100 staff, including psychologists, consultants and therapists, he has also provided consultations to school districts, agencies, and families worldwide. Mr. Mountjoy has also contributed chapters to publications such as “Sense & Nonsense” and “It’s Time for School”. In 2007, he founded the charitable Autism Partnership Foundation and Aoi Pui School to offer more services for children with Autism.


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