A common characteristic of students with autism spectrum disorder is difficulty attending to and staying on task in classrooms, which can lead to inappropriate and/or disruptive behavior.
Benefits of a token economy have been examined with various individuals but few have examined its effects with children with autism spectrum disorder. This study examined the effectiveness of a token economy combined with a mystery motivator in decreasing inappropriate behaviors displayed by a student with an autism spectrum disorder in a small group setting. Results indicated that the token reinforcement program was effective in decreasing the inappropriate behaviors displayed by the student.
Whitney, Todd; Cooper, Justin T.; and Lingo, Amy S.
"Using a Token Economy Combined with a Mystery Motivator for a Student with Autism Exhibiting Challenging Behavior,"
Kentucky Teacher Education Journal: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children: Vol. 5:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/ktej/vol5/iss2/1