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Applying Differential Reinforcement Method to Behavior Problems

Provide a written example of a behavior problem to which a Differential Reinforcement method may be applied, and how you would address the problem with one such approach (specify a procedure).

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Problem:

As a teacher and coach, I want teens to actively participate in lessons and activities, but not in a disruptive or negative manner. As a result, you might examine how the problem of impulse control or talking out/blurting out is a major disruption and problem for teens in classroom or lecture settings. If you work with younger kids or have kids or younger relatives of your own, you can also modify the problem to be more specific as in curbing impulse control in class, day care, sports, church, etc.

Approach/Solution/Intervention:

As you then brainstorm and research a type of Differential Reinforcement method to apply to this problem and how you would address the problem with one such approach, I recommend the use of Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior (DRA) as a proposed method for you to explore in the paper.

As you explore how it works and measure its effectiveness, this method can reduce the targeted behavior, blurting out, because it reinforces an alternative behavior, allowing the "strengthening of a desirable behavior while decreasing the likelihood of undesirable behavior" (http://slhslinux.cla.umn.edu/fullcourse/Module4/ReactiveStrategies/mrs02b.html).

Instead of omitting the target behavior, impulse control or talking off task, the teen "must produce a specific behavior that has been predetermined by the interventionist" (http://slhslinux.cla.umn.edu/fullcourse/Module4/ReactiveStrategies/mrs02b.html) such as raising one's hand or holding up a ...

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This solution offers an example of a behavior problem to which a Differential Reinforcement method may be applied, and how you would address the problem with one such approach. It is approximately 800 words with references.

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