B1-E: The Magic of Consequences

This presentation will provide some common language around behavior contingencies and explore how adults unintentionally reinforce children’s behavioral errors. There will be a brief discussion of motivators for human behavior and how to develop hypotheses about what a child is trying to accomplish. Lastly, participants will learn why the consequences imposed by adults are so often ineffective and how to create reasonable, effective consequences that are logically tied to the behaviors we want to change.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will understand reinforcement, punishment, and fixed and random schedules of reinforcement and punishment
  1. Participants will understand Coercion Theory and how adults unintentionally strengthen behavioral errors.
  2. Participants will explore the reasons that adult-imposed consequences are so often ineffective and consider an approach to consequences that is logically related to the behavior that needs to change.



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