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swamijie
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So, here’s the thing: behavioral therapy is not about simply rewarding behavior. That is a complete misunderstanding of the science behind behavior modification works. In order to successfully modify behavior, the best way to do it is reinforcement; reinforcement does not simply mean reward. Think of behavior in terms of sABC (setting surrounding behavior, Antecedent to behavior, Behavior and Consequence of behavior). So, as parents we are in better positions to understand the settings surrounding behavior (time of day, mood, hunger, etc) and antecedents to behavior (what happens right before) and we often observe the behavior but don’t mind consequences. Every behavior has a consequence that will increase the likelihood of the behavior happening again because the outcome was positive, decreasing the behavior because the consequence was negative or no change because the consequence had no salience or didn’t mean anything. In terms of reinforcement, it’s up to us to find proper reinforces. Praise, positive attention, foods or any other item that makes the child feel good about what he or she has just done is a reinforcer. The tickets agent working because they either have no salience or lost their salience. They don’t mean anything or don’t mean anything positive to your child. Sometimes children simply grow out of certain reinforcers (e.g. a balloon isn’t going to work on a teenaged child). However, it’s up to you to figure out what works as a reinforcer and perhaps associate that with the ticket or whatever other system you choose to use.

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