How To Encourage Sharing | Pediatric Therapy Tv

In the Webisode below a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst answers a question from a viewer on how to easily teach her children about sharing.

Watch this video to learn:

  • The best approaches to teaching the skill of sharing
  • How to increase sharing behavior
  • How to identify reinforcers

Video Transcription:

Announcer: From Chicago’s leading experts in pediatrics to a worldwide audience, this is Pediatric Therapy TV, where we provide experience and innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Now your host, here’s Robyn.

Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I am your host, Robyn Ackerman. I’m standing here with Benny Howard, a board-certified behavior analyst.

Today we are going to be answering a question from one of our viewers. Melanie from Chicago asks, “My 9-year-old son has a hard time sharing his toys with his younger brother. How can I encourage them to share?”

Benny: With any skill, it’s very important to start off easy and work your way up to the more difficult tasks. With sharing, you want to take the same approach. Start off with something that maybe isn’t so preferred, or in other words, is easier for the child to be able to share. If he has a toy that he doesn’t really spend much time with, start off with that toy and really provide that reinforcement for him sharing that toy.

It’s key to identify the reinforcer because if it is not reinforcing for that child, it is not going to increase that behavior of sharing. For example, if a child prefers hugs, then use hugs as a reinforcer. If a child prefers a certain type of edible such as candy, then use those as a reinforcer. The key is to really identify the reinforcer so we know what to use when we catch those moments in which he is able to share. Identify an effective reinforcer and also start easy with the sharing. We don’t expect him to start sharing things like his favorite Spiderman toy. Let’s stick to the easy Pokémon toys if it’s not as reinforcing for him.

Robyn: Thank you very much, Benny, and thank you, Melanie, for submitting your question. Remember, keep on blossoming.

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