The Token Economy
Token economies can be an effective way to manage contingencies in schools, home and the community. They are systems in which a child earns “tokens” that can be exchanged for a variety of preferred items. (Sound familiar? Our monetary system is a token economy!) They can help children with and without disabilities learn to follow rules, complete certain tasks and engage in appropriate social behavior. While token economies are similar to more general reward systems there are certain guidelines that one has to follow in order for them to be effective in increasing desired behavior.