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Behavior Adjustment

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You have just begun an internship as a school psychologist in an elementary school. The sixth grade teacher has asked for your advice for helping a student who habitually turns assignments in late. The teacher is interested learning more about using positive reinforcement to help this student.

To prepare to help the teacher, research and provide a definition and an example for each of the following:

â?¢Negative reinforcement
â?¢Positive reinforcement
â?¢Positive punishment
â?¢Negative punishment
Address the following in your discussion:

â?¢Sometimes, people unknowingly reinforce undesirable behaviors. Provide an example of this and discuss the resulting consequences.
â?¢Discuss how one can avoid rewarding wrong behaviors.
â?¢Based on what you have learned about rewarding behavior, what advice would you give to the 6th grade teacher?

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Breaking bad habits
Bad habits are actions that are continuously done by an individual, enslaving them and keeping them from being the best that they can. Aristotle stated that we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit (Gallozzi, 2011). Just like the engine of a car habits form a fundamental part of an individual, One should occasionally have a look at their engine to see whether they are advancing in life or not. In this case the young boy's action of collecting his assignment late is a bad habit. This will unquestionably bring his grades down. I would therefore give the following advice to the teacher in order to help the young student alter his bad behavior.
Negative reinforcement
Negative reinforcement is the use of undesired stimulus to encourage the correct response. This kind punishment has negative implications on the individual ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information and advise to help the student tackle the above task on the topic of breaking 'bad' habits.