Part I: Children are frequently faced with choice about how to behave. Do I brush my teeth or run away from mom? Do I ask for a snack or scream and point? Adults often wonder why a child may engage in one behavior more often than another. The answer is likely related to the Matching Law. The Matching Law indicates that a child will usually choose the behavior that has a higher rate of reinforcement. This means that, by carefully considering rates of reinforcement, parents and professionals can directly impact behavior without punishment. This presentation will outline a description of the Matching Law, provide “real life” examples, and recommended intervention strategies.
Part II: Behavioral economics involves the use of basic economic concepts and principles to predict, control, and analyze behavior in choice situations. Practitioners will learn how to view and manipulate response ratio as price for a commodity or putative reinforcer. In addition, practitioners will learn about substitutability, complementary, and independent commodities and other variables of a token economy system.