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Understanding autism
Understanding autism

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Reinforcement

A central principle in behaviour modification and behavioural intervention. Involves shaping an individual's behaviour through the operation of influences known as reinforcers because they increase or decrease the frequency of a particular response. A sweet would be a simple example of a reinforcer given to a child who has managed to articulate a request for the first time. But not all reinforcers are so obvious. (See also operant conditioning.)

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