Reinforcement Worksheets (9+)

This page will provide various reinforcement worksheets for shaping behavior.

Some  of these worksheets will be created by us while some of them will be curated from reputable third party websites, after reviewing related content on reputable websites.

Operant conditioning is a learning process in which individuals learn by association.

The two types of operant conditioning include reinforcement and punishment. These worksheets will focus on shaping behavior through reinforcement. 

Reinforcement could either be positive or negative. In positive reinforcement a stimulus is added to produce a desirable behavior which in negative reinforcement a stimulus is eliminated to produce a desirable behavior.  

Reinforcement worksheets can be a useful tool for parenting, resolving family issues, eliciting negative behaviors such as smoking, enhancing academic progress, increasing mental well-being and so forth.

Reinforcement Worksheet- Interpreting Behaviors Through Outcomes

Specific behaviors lead to specific consequences. It is essential to explore which of the behaviors of an individual produce unwanted outcomes.

Once these behaviors are inspected, new behaviors can be brainstormed, and replaced with those behaviors to produce desirable outcomes. 

Objectives: To enable an individual to replace certain behaviors with behaviors that produce positive outcomes.

Instructions: Some behaviors are mentioned below. Each of these behaviors is associated with an unwanted consequence.

Replace these behaviors with new ones to welcome a desirable behavior.

Reinforcement Worksheets (9+)
Behavior Outcome New Behavior Desirable Outcome
A man comes home late.Tired. 

A student prepares for a test the day before the test.Bad grades.

A person smokes 10 times a day.Less budget for meeting up needs.

A girl compares herself with others.Experience anxiety. 

A man watches television all day.Limited time for doing daily chores.

  Reinforcement Worksheet- Changing Behaviour Through Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement involves addition of a stimulus for producing the desired behavior.

This stimulus could be a reward like money, incentive, food or any fringe benefit like a free trip etcetera.

Rewarding enhances a particular behavior in an individual. 

Objectives: To enhance desirable behavior through rewarding.

Instructions: Study the pictures given below.

Mention which behavior needs to be changed in every case and what could be the positive reward for bringing this change.

 

Reinforcement Worksheet- Changing Behaviour Through Negative Reinforcement

Negative reinforcement involves subtraction of a stimulus for producing a desired behavior.

This stimulus could be reducing television hours, decreasing monthly pocket money and so forth.

Removing a reward produces a desired behavior in an individual. 

Objectives: To enhance a desirable behavior through negative reinforcement.

Instructions: Study the pictures given below.

Mention which behavior needs to be changed in every case and which stimulus could be elicited for bringing this change.

Reinforcement Worksheets (9+)

Reinforcement Worksheet- Increasing Desired Behavior

Desired behavior can be increased both by positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement.

Some things need to be added for enhancing a specific behavior/ outcome while some things need to be subtracted for attaining the same goal.

In either of the ways, desirable behavior is achieved.

Objectives: To enable an individual to think about ways of achieving a specific target.

Instructions: For each of the below mentioned desirable behavior/outcomes, suggest positive and negative reinforcement strategies that would help in obtaining that goal.

First one has been done for you.

Goal Positive reinforcement Negative reinforcement
To increase gradesIncreased opportunities to participate in games to get fresh, appreciation of high achievers in front of everyoneLess homework in exams to ensure students focus on their exams, reducing school hours to provide students with more time for studying.
To increase sales  



To increase motivation to work



To become fit and healthy



To become assertive
 


To manage anger
 


Reinforcement Worksheet- Reinforcing Myself

Reinforcement enhances desirable behavior by addition or subtraction of specific stimuli. Everybody has some goals in life.

Some want to shape their personality, some want to train their kids, some want to build good relations with others, some want their business to take off and so on.

For every goal a certain behavior needs to be attained. This is accomplished by reinforcement. Reinforcement helps enhance desirable behaviors.

Objectives: To enable individuals reinforce themselves for increasing desired behaviors in them.

Instructions: Make a list of behaviors you want to increase in yourself.

Then suggest which reinforcing strategies would you use to enhance that desirable behavior in you.

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Reinforcement Worksheet- Positive and Negative Reinforcement 

Both positive and negative reinforcements are related to the learning process.

Reinforcement is based on producing a desirable behavior in an individual.

In positive reinforcement, a desirable behavior is produced by adding a stimulus while in negative reinforcement, a desirable behavior is enhanced by subtracting a stimulus.

For each scenario given below identify the type of reinforcement, that is, positive or negative reinforcement being used.

Remember, a stimulus is added in positive reinforcement whereas in negative reinforcement a stimulus is subtracted.

For each statement, if it is a positive reinforcement, write PR and if it is an example of negative reinforcement write NR.

1. A woman watching a football game offers her child a candy to play quietly.

2. Employ of the month gets a reserved parking space

3. A mother smiles when her child utters “mama”.

4. A child receives $5 for earning good grades in school.

5. A professor gives extra credit to students with perfect attendance.

7. A prisoner loses TV privilege for one week for a rule violation.

8. A parent puts a quarter in a child’s piggy bank for each “nice or helpful” gesture the child performs and removes a quarter for each “mess or selfish” gesture the child plays.

Reinforcement Worksheet- Distinguishing between Positive and Negative Reinforcement 

Learning process can be made reliable and speedy by the use of reinforcement.

Acknowledging difference between positive and negative reinforcement can help in various fields including teaching, business, parenting, goal achievement and so on.

For bringing positive and negative reinforcement in use,it is important to first learn the difference between positive and negative reinforcement.

Read the following actions and determine which of them are examples of positive and which of them are examples of negative reinforcement.

Giving praise, giving stickers,  removing a negative evaluation, removing bad grades, giving privileges, giving tokens, giving attention, giving good grades, stopping one’s teasing, stopping one’s yelling or screaming, giving scholarships, giving an honor, giving a trophy, giving a prize, giving an award, giving food, taking ways a deadline, taking away surveillance, taking aways an unattractive assignment, taking away a threat,, taking aways criticism, stopping one’s ridicule, stopping one’s crying, stopping one’s whining, stopping one’s staring, stopping one’s pleading or pouting, giving money, giving a smile, giving a positive feedback, stopping laughing at someone

Positive Reinforcement Negative Reinforcement 
















Reinforcement Worksheets- Identifying Examples of Positive and Negative Reinforcement 

Reinforcement is preferred to punishment for enhancing a certain behavior.

Reinforcement could be either positive or negative depending upon the addition or subtraction of a stimulus.

Positive reinforcement is good in terms of building one’s confidence and can be used as a tool for encouragement.

It enhances the desired behavior in individuals by only focusing on their positive qualities, the negative ones are automatically outnumbered.

On the other hand, negative reinforcement is found to be useful in teaching specific behaviors.

For each of the below mentioned scenarios, identify which of these are examples of positive reinforcement and which of these are examples of negative reinforcement.

1. You give your dog a treat after he sits

2. The buzzer in your car stops after you secure your seatbelt

3. Your roommate says “thanks” after you clean up the kitchen

4. Your headache is relieved after taking aspirin

Reinforcement Worksheet- What Can I Do?

Target behavior can be adopted in several ways. Making rules can help in making goal achievement more effective and reliable.

For example if an individual has a goal of becoming more forgiving, he has to make some rules for him like he won’t react on every event instantly, he will use logical reasoning to understand why a specific person performs a specific action and so on.

Following the rules he had made for himself will draw him closer his goal. 

Objectives: To enable an individual to shape their behavior by making and following some rules.

Instructions: Write down a specific behavior you want to adopt, then make some rules for yourself that would help in shaping your behavior.

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Reinforcement Worksheet- Behavioral Activation by Focusing Outcomes 

Target behavior can be achieved by considering the rewards or advantages of that behavior.

For example if an individual aims to behave nicely so he could get more love and appreciation from his parents, the advantages of his target behavior will draw him closer to the goal achievement.

Thus, focusing on rewards can also enhance a certain behavior in an individual.

Objectives: to make adoption of target behavior more effective for an individual.

Instructions: complete the following table. Mention the behavior you want to achieve, things you would do to adopt that behavior and the advantages or rewards you will get if you adopt that particular behavior.

Target Behavior Things I Would Do to Achieve that Behavior Advantages of Adopting that Behavior 















Reinforcement Worksheet- Reinforcement Chart

Keeping a track of one’s behavior can help him achieve his goals faster. Behaviors can not be shaped in a single day.

It requires some time to adapt to changes and adopt a certain behavior. 

In the following chart, mention your target behavior and then write on a daily basis, what you did to achieve that particular behavior.

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This page displayed reinforcement worksheets.

Some of these reinforcement worksheets have been made by us while some of them have been curated from reputable third party websites.

These worksheets aim to teach reinforcing skills to you, for acquiring desirable behaviors. Different ways of strengthening target behaviors have been taught in these worksheets.

In addition to it, a clear distinction between positive and negative reinforcement has also been taught. Reinforcement is prefered to punishment for shaping behaviors.

Reinforcement involves addition of a stimulus (positive reinforcement) and subtraction of a stimulus (negative reinforcement) for strengthening a particular behavior.

If you have any questions or queries regarding these worksheets, let us know through comments.

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