Identifying reinforcers can be tricky for some individuals. You can identify potential reinforcers by observing, interviewing parents/caregivers, conducting preference assessments and surveys, and trial and error. Observation is a powerful tool that can teach you a lot about your student. Schedule regular observation times and take note of what item, activities, and peers the learner spends time with. Talking with caregivers and parents can give some new ideas that you may not have considered to utilize within the classroom. Preference assessments can give you a ranking of potential reinforcers. Surveys can also provide a ranking of categories to pull potential reinforcers from and will give some new ideas right away.