What is Stimulus Discrimination Training?

Stimulus Discrimination Training is the process of reinforcing a behavior only when a specific antecedent stimulus is present. Here, the stimulus is one that precedes the occurrence of the behavior.

Two steps are involved in this training:

1. The behavior is reinforced when the discriminative stimulus is present. The discriminative stimulus is the antecedent stimulus that is present when the behavior is reinforced.

2. It is important to note that when any other antecedent stimuli except the antecedent stimulus are present, the behavior is not reinforced.

At the Tree Group, we implement this strategy to teach our clients how to engage in certain behaviors in the presence of a stimulus.