A Token System (also called a “Token Reinforcement System” or a “Token Economy”) is used to increase appropriate behavior and learning via visual aids. Tokens, or rewards, are the reinforcers that the child earns and that are then exchanged for a larger reward based on the child’s success.
This system helps to structure the breaking down of skills into smaller, more manageable steps. They also assist in gaining instructional control ann teach self-monitoring skills and delayed gratification. The Token System can be adjusted over time as the child’s skills develop and can be utilized less frequently.