Punishers (or punitive stimuli) can be anything. In ABA, a punisher must decrease/weaken a behavior by definition. If you hear someone saying something like “Yes, I keep scolding my son but he still continues drawing on the walls with his beloved crayons a lot more now—punishment does not work!” Given that example, “scolding” is not a punisher because the behavior “drawing on the walls with crayons” did not stop. In this example, scolding is a positive reinforcer.
April is Autism Awareness Month and an excellent opportunity to promote and draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. #lightitupblue
LeafWing Center University
Providing excellence in education in Applied Behavior Analysis
Continuing education for the behavior analysis professional
Call Us Today