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When Reinforcement "Doesn't Work" - Troubleshooting Behavior Interventions for Success

Nov 30, 2022 - 4:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Emily Kuntz, Ph.D., BCBA
Age Range
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School
CEUs/CPDs for
Teachers, BCBAs, Speech Pathologists, BCaBAs, LMHCs, Psychologist – Licensed, Psychologists – School, School Leaders, Social Workers

Course Description

You’ve tried various reinforcement strategies to address problem behaviors and they have not worked.
What should you do now?

Decades of research illustrate the effectiveness of reinforcement-based interventions to improve even the most severe problem behaviors of individuals with and without disabilities. However, in practice, teachers and school teams often struggle to effect meaningful behavior change with some students when using basic behavior strategies alone. In these cases, it is necessary to go beyond the basics of A-B-C (antecedent-behavior-consequence) and examine the complexities of the conditions of the natural environment (e.g., school and home settings).

Participants will learn how to review their existing behavior management strategies and determine necessary modifications. Are we following through on our plan? Are we reinforcing the right behaviors? Are the behaviors that we are expecting something the student can do and when do we need to encourage or teach behaviors?“Motivating operations” and ”physiological stress responses” will be explained and discussed. It’s not as simple as ABC (Antecedent, Behavior,
Consequence); staff need to understand how past experiences and learning influences current classroom situations and behavior and how to adjust their behavior plans and reinforcement systems accordingly. Learn how to identify which schedules of reinforcement you are using, how that schedule impacts behavior, and ways to modify teaching procedures to improve behavior (i.e., Matching Law).

These strategies can be used in classroom and related service settings.

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