Operant conditioning is a technique in which desired behaviours are systematically reinforced through rewards (such as praise or food) and undesired behaviours are ignored or redirected.
It is commonly used in interventions based on the principles of applied behavioural analysis, such as different forms of early intensive behavioural intervention.
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