BehaviourAnalysts are experts in the field of motivation and here at NETworkInterventions, we pride ourselves in our ability to teach it tochildren and adults. More importantly, we pride ourselves in ourability to teach you why you or your child is not motivated for aparticular thing, activity or area and then fill the gap and teachthat motivation.
Whena lack of motivation for a certain area, such as social interactionor to speak, is caused by a lack of a skill (what we would call askill deficit) that is when we can do something about it.
IfAnnie, my little girl, does not have the motivation to interact at aparty (like today), I look at why she does not have that motivation.If it is a skill deficit, which in this case it was because she didnot know what to do, I give her the skill (I prompted her to sign'help' to a little girl and the little girl helped her to dance tothe music) and then see if her motivation for that activityincreases.
Well after Annie could sign help and get the instructionon what to do, she danced to the whole activity and smiled and showedmany signs of motivation.