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Positive Reinforcement

All behaviour can be influenced by the process of positive reinforcement. This means that we will do things if we know there will be access to a thing we enjoy (reinforcer) to follow. The key to this for toddlers is to make sure that you are always up to date with what their reinforcers are at any given time. Their interests and their tastes are changing daily. Always have an effective reinforcer in your bag of tricks and close to you at any given time. (their favourite toy, your attention, high fives, tickles, swingies, raisins). Remember, that most of the time it is your attention and praise that is most reinforcing for your toddler. Don’t be afraid to dole this out regularly.