Extinction Burst

An extinction burst is a burst of target behavior when the targeted behavior is no longer being reinforced. If the reaction to the extinction burst is poor, the target behavior can increase in intensity and duration. If the reaction to the extinction is appropriate, the target behavior will decrease. This video explains how to respond during the extinction burst period.

Working With Children Who Love Attention

It can be very frustrating working with a child who is primarily motivated through attention. If the child is being verbally engaged during the time period that the consequence is taking place, the child will be simultaneously reinforced during the same period. This video explains how to work with a child who LOVES parental interaction regardless of it being negative or positive.

Being Consistent NOT a Slot Machine

When a parent or caregiver is inconsistent the child learns that he only has to keep trying before he can get what he wants. A parent who is inconsistent may create an environment that prolongs the undesired behavior. This video explains the difference between consistent and inconsistent reactions to the undesired behavior.

Establishing a Cue

Some parents find it hard to get a child to listen without yelling at him.  Paradoxically the more a parent yells at a child, the more the child learns that yelling is an acceptable behavior. This video explains how to get a child to follow directions without yelling. 

Using Concrete Directives With Children

Children have a different understanding of the world around them then parents do. Children comprehend life differently. Sometimes a parent will ask a child to do something and the child will not respond well to the directive. This video explains how to use when working with a child.

Communication 101

Providing feedback during communication is essential. It seems like a very small thing to do, but it is often the difference between a very heated fight and feeling understood. Once a person feels understood, they are more likely to listen to what you have to say. 

Setting Thresholds

Children push their limits. If we expect children to push their limit, we can set the threshold lower than the limit that we want to tolerate. That way, when they push the limit, their behavior is still within reasonable escalations.