The Importance of Implementing a Token Economy System within Special Education Classrooms


Shivanna N Birbal

Florida International University

This issue of NASET’s Classroom Management series was written by Shivanna N. Birbal from Florida International University. Students with special needs often face challenges in the areas of academic performance and behavioral self-regulation. These students usually require support and intervention strategies to foster their educational growth and overall well-being. As such, one effective approach is the implementation of token economy systems within educational environments. In this regard, token economy systems provide a structured and incentivized framework which aims to reinforce positive behaviors, promote skill development, as well as enhance academic engagement for students with special needs.

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