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Habit Reversal Procedures

How can habit reversal procedures work to decrease thumb sucking behavior in a 7-year-old child? How does the use of the competing response work in habit reversal procedures? How would you select an appropriate competing response?

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(1) How can habit reversal procedures work to decrease thumb sucking behavior in a 7-year-old child?

Habit reversal involves training the child to become aware of behaviors that precede the onset of thumb-sucking, and situations where the habit is likely to occur. In addition, the procedure is focused on teaching the child alternative or competing responses which are incompatible with thumb sucking (282). Thumb or finger sucking is a common developmental phenomenon in pre-adolescent children and based on one report it occurs in approximately 1% of children between 6 and 12 years of age (Lapouse & Monk, 1959 as cited in Christensen & Sanders, 1987). Thumb sucking is defined as the enclosure or part of the hand by the lips; or by contact of the tongue with any finger or part of the hand (Christen & Sanders, p. 285). Parents of thumb suckers frequently ...

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How habit reversal procedures works to decrease thumb sucking behavior in a 7-year-old child is determined. Habit reversal procedures are analyzed.

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