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Guidelines for Reward schedules
1) Always begin w/Continuous; if using ratio, time should be very small time;
2) Change to fixed intermittent ASAP
3) Increase fixed interval slowly - until learned
4) Switch to variable - as soon as have opportunity to do so;
5) Schedule changes should be small, gradual steps (client's behavior/reactions will let you know if switching too fast);
6) Early learning - never beg. trmt w/intermittent
7) Interval schs work better w/groups
Reward Quantity
Best to give reward in SMALLEST quantity possible to achieve your goal
Why give reward in smallest quantity possible?
Want to avoid satiation, and
Smaller reward means less time away from therapy

Also: want to vary quantity of reward w/i reason
Strongest combination
Variable schedule with a VARIED quantity

E.g., slot machines (VI, done by computers)
Final with regard to reward quantity
Where a reward works well, don't use it again for a few weeks! Why? Because child will tire of it quickly.
Reward Immediacy
Should be given immediately after performance of desired behavior on part of client
Reward Immediacy - research
Research shows that as interval increases between behavior and reward, the reinforcement power of the reward DECREASES; you want instead for child to have no way of misjudging why reward was being given in the first place
Reward Variability
E.g., return to specific restaurant

No one wants the same rewards each time

Using the same rewards can seem like the same thing over again

Should vary rewards even if it seems to be working
Reward Variability 2 of 2
Giver of reward also influences how effective reward is

Here, it's o.k. to use your relationship (as long as one has been established)

Problem occurs when trying to use presumed status to get child to do things
Symbolic reward system (SRS)
As SLP, cannot always be involved in giving rewards each time a behavior is performed; problems occur when try to use rewards on large basis - Thus - SRS follows
Child receives reward symbol and continues task w/o spending a lot of time
SRS - later exchanged for real reward (e.g., token economy system)

Gold stars, poker chip, check on paper, buttons -- anything that can be counted

Works very well
Advantages of Token System
1) Avoids satiation
2) Works well w/children who don't respond to social reinforcement, but not as limiting as primary reinforcers
3) tokens easy and quick to administer (takes little time away from Tx)
4) Usu. very immediate form of a reward
5) Allows individualization to child's needs
Problems with Token Systems
1) Some clients do not respond well in waiting for reinforcement (Esp. low fxn child)
2) Reward at end is often not reinforcing enough to get client to respond correctly ea. time(s) [can fix by changing reward]
3) Often clinician's make the token the reward - which is valueless; must be rewarding for client
4) Losing some tokens is often no big deal
5) Where child+ have to sacrifice fairness OR individualization
6) Token are difficult to fade (don't exist in real world)
Negative Reinforcement (NR)
Behavior is followed by the removal of an unpleasant event (getting rid of unpleasant event) = (increases or) strengthens behavior
Examples of NR
Kid had to get 5 good /r/ sounds bef leaving Tx

Put up umbrella in rain
Swat fly
Scratching itch
Baby cries, bottle = mom NR
Where punishment is "applying something negative"
Punishment decreases the strength of a behavior (unlike NR, which INCREASES a behavior)
Why are NR & punishment often mixed up?
In NR, remove something that's negative

NR always preceded by something that is punishing
Why is NR not used in therapy?
Because with NR, you have to remove something that is punishing

So, NR is not OFTEN used in Tx
Methods of Weakening Behavior - overview
PPL perform undesireable behavior because they've been rewarded for same in past

Can reduce undesirable behavior by making certain you don't reward that behavior

DEF: removal of those rewarding consequences that normally follow behavior
Common ways to accomplish
1) Ignore behavior (most common)
2) Satiation - creating opportunities for negative practice (NP)
Negative Practice NP
Force a person to do something undesirable more than they would like to do it

E.g., caught smoking - forced to smoke until sick
Extinction Burst
When start Extinction, thru either method initially behavior not decrease - in fact, tends to increase -- called EB

Many people give up - but this actually STRENGTHENS the core behavior
Examples of EB
Lightswitch that won't come on - keep turning it on and off
Vending machine - hit it
EB very common with crying babies
How well does Extinction work?
If you can ID the rewards and then withdraw them - can use extinction
Problems with Extinction
May not be able to stop all the rewards the child is getting

E.g., child being ignored in class by teacher, other kids don't ignore it
Has neg connotation in our society
Includes wide array - not all are severe
Spans harsh to mild
Types of Punishment
Response Cost
Physical punishment
Verbal and Social Punishment
Timeout TO
Remove client from attractive and rewarding activity, event or situation for certain time period immediately after performance of u/d behavior
Guidelines for Timeout
1) Removal must be immediate
2) AR area so no reward exists
3) Any contact should be UNEMOTIONAL
4) Never leave in TO for too long
* want child to return as soon as u/d beh ends
* TO only punishes for 1st few mins - thereafter, may punish appropriate beh
* give generous reward for acting appropriately (so as to contrast w/TO)
*Don't scold or criticize client while in TO (which tends to be NR)
*Talk about choice - they chose it so make sure they realize their choice
Response Cost RC
Rewarding stimulation are remove from the child;
Price of U/D beh
Often used when working with kids, as threat (if you do __ again, we won't do ___ later on)
RC is not a bad choice because it lets the child know about consequences for behs
Problem with RC
Once the child has been punished, lose control over the child
This is one reason parents use it so poorly (children learn)
Guidelines for RC
1 of 2
1) Don't threaten something you don't intend to do
2) make sure child is rewarded enough to want to change their beh
3) Pair threat with ability to achieve positive reward (use pos + NR)
4) make contingent punishment close in time to the u/d beh
Guidelines for RC (cont.)
2 of 2
5) try to make the punishment fit the crime
6) Punishment as small as possible while still having an affect
7) make sure child knows that he is in control of his fate
8) make sure child understands his alternatives at all times
9) don't use RC too often or it will lose its effectiveness
10) RC works well with Token Systems
Physical punishment PP
With TO & RC are taking away positive - with PP, are presenting something NEGATIVE
PP is least preferred method by most professionals
Psychologists have studied and PP - results . . .
1) PP often SUPPRESSES an u/d beh but doesn't CHANGE it
Our Goal = to change beh; often u/d beh occurs once PP has ended - e.g., shock treatment in stuttering treatment
2) other substitute beh may develop; e.g., happens in many children - psychology of ending ticks
3) produces emotional responses in person being punished - i.e., unnecessary anxiety & fear - but not purpose in beh
4) person who administers the PP becomes recipient of regression & hostility (where client is hostile, goal not realized)
5) generalization gradient: client avoids u/d beh but also avoids other closely related behs - or may stop participating
6) satiation to punishment often develops - such as in abusive relationships
7) client may enjoy the attention - e.g., for many abused child, only att'n they get is PP
Why use PP?
May be necessary:
1) young child doing something dangerous
2) bully - from POV of caretaker - let bully child know there are other possibilities out there
If going to use, PP - follow these guidelines
1) be matter of fact and non-emotional
Why? where you show emotion, is 2ndy reinforcer; want child to understand the connx btwn his action & beh
2) Try not to raise your voice
-- yelling has little affect - always the unknown and cannot move forward from there
3) don't wait for the neg beh to end - otherwise PP may not have as much effect
4) be consistent in your threats - may want to warn
Verbal & Social Punishment (VSP)
Outgrowth of PP
Applying something neg
Can be very effective - but MUST be used correctly (see reasons to use PP)
How to use VSP correctly
1) no emotions involved
2) use facial expressions - not voice
3) Can use your relationship w/child (e.g., let child sit and scream while clinician engages in something interesting to child - may cause child to realize world doesn't revolve around them)
Ignore child
Let child KNOW when they are wrong - don't say "o.k." when child is wrong
Goal in Spch Tx = errorless learning
3rd way to Strenghthen and/or Weaken a behavior
1) Rewarding Incompatible Undesirable Behaviors (RIDB)
2) Situation Control
Often, a client's u/d beh can be replaced by appropriate beh that is directly opposite to u/d beh

E.g., child who always plays alone is rewarded for playing with others

Reward a response that is directly opposite
E.g., Tx in stuttering is based on this principle - you reward fluent speech
Situation Control (SC)
Only want to decrease beh in certain situations (reduce or weaken)
Teach discrimination btwn permissible and non-permissible situations for a given beh
Set up differentiation
What we're doing is setting up a Discriminative Stimulus (sets up occasion for a particular response & by using SC you are creating DS)
More on DS
Particular restaurant where no other restaurant will do

Dr. Klien's study area at college

With client, we are trying to build a new ___ via DS
How use DS?
1) verbally instruct client then differentially reinforce & punish
2) provide client w/practice in doing both

Ultimately, client will learn discrimination you're trying to build
III. Developing New Behavior - overview
With SRC model, we've previously dealt only with "C" now were shifting to "S"
Will manipulate "S" to develop new behavior
Only 1 method we know of - PROMPTING
Very impt., but often misunderstood
DEF: Refers to providing a client with any cues necessary to help them to perform a new behavior
Cues . .
are called prompts
Problem with prompts?
There exists an almost unlimited # and type of prompts; the difficulty comes in choosing the appropriate prompts to teach what you want to teach

Learning to use prompts is a very vital ability that separates therapist from technician
Six possible dimensions of prompting
Auditory-Verbal (A-V)
Auditory non-Verbal (A-NV)
Visual written prompts (V-W)
Visual non-written prompts (V-NW)
Manual prompts (move/situate client) - MP
Proprioceptive OR Kinesthetic (P or K)
Levels of Prompting: A-V
(1 of 3)
Instructional prompts
Client's verbal instruction as to how to do something
E.g., put tongue behind teeth
Instructional Prompts (cont.)
Most common type of prompt
Keep in mind, the child may be unable to do what asked - thus, IP are ineffective in changing beh.
IP does let client know what to expect
However - NOT EFFECTIVE alone esp. given our client pop (low fxn'g)
Levels of Prompting: A-V
(2 of 3)
Auditory-Modeling (A-M)
AKA Imitation learning
Modeling can be visual or
A-M is one of the more effective procedures for teaching A NEW BEHAVIOR
Here, you demonstrate beh. & reward client for successfully trying to imitate beh
Not as easy as it sounds
4 conditions necessary for modeling to work (see ff cards)
4 Conditions for A-M to work
1) Learner has to attend to and perceive the distinctive cues of the model

E.g., with severe MR, cannot AT - so useless to model here
4 Conditions for A-M to work: 2 of 4
2) Learner must be able to retain model by coding it internally in some way

How? Recall visual image, repeat it, create way to try to retain
Why have to retain? Because there's a time lage btwn time given & time repeated

Again, w/severe MR, not usable due to inability to retain
One way to do w/MR, can self-talk to decribe model while at same time doing modeling
4 Conditions for A-M to work: 3 of 4
3) Learner must be able to reproduce MOTORICALLY the model

E.g., person w/CP may be unable to reproduce model
4 Conditions for A-M to work: 4 of 4
must be enought incentive or REINFORCEMENT present in order to make sure the learner will attempt the model

Client may have to stretch to get beh. -- so must offer an incentive to get them to do so
Generally about modeling
Can be done in a # of ways - not only by clinician - but can use, e.g., puppet, movies, story characters, most of time is clinician though

After client has imitated a beh, & can imitate well, want to start FADING that model
Problem with modeling
Low fxn client/s:
Remember that client pop we see are deficient imitators -- they haven't gotten it yet (even thou they've seen others do it)
may have to TRAIN client in basic imitation (they may have no imitatitve ability present)
Levels of Prompting: A-V
Imagery or Conceptualization
Could put in visual category too
here, create an image that client can understand to help them to realize what you want them to do

E.g., old tyme imagery: PB on roof of mouth
Imagery (cont.)
Very strong prompt if you can find an image or concept the client will/can relate to

Tend not to use this enough

But - impt. to realize, that the concept is only as good as ability of client to understand that concept
Levels of Prompting: A-NV
Anything that's auditory but non-verbal to get client to do what you want them to

E.g., use of bell, timer that buzzes, metronome (old tech)
A-NV (cont.)
Not use often at present
Dr. Klien uses A-NV at transfer & generalization phase to get from less than to 100% accuracy
Tech: monitor, and stop each time incorrect - should reward ea. time if all you do is stop them (e.g., ring bell on each correct production)

Here, the prompt is also the REINFORCER
Very often, a reinforcer can end up being a prompt
E.g., child screaming in store -give child toy - child quiets - thus, toy becomes prompt to tell child to cry in a store
Levels of Prompting: V-Written
Here, use reading to get help toward correct response

E.g., show word written on paper "Teapot" (may be showing object teapot at same time too - because you may not use only one prompt at a time)
Levels of Prompting: V-Non-written
Anything that's not written; like objects, pictures, or "look in mirror" to client
Levels of Prompting: Proprioceptive / Kinesthetic
Def: proprioception = knowledge of (via senses) your body's position in space
Kinesthetic = muscular awareness, internal cues

Here, internal cues that can be use to try to help a person respond in a particular way
E.g., with voice, learn to relax VF, but goal is to learn the feel of it internally
Here, have means of creating an internal prompt but done by client via senses
Levels of Prompting: Manual prompting
Combination of visual & proprioceptive-kinesthetic cues
E.g., moving client's hand to teapot; "doing it" for the client, also called "HOH" hand over hand assistance; other ex., push finger on top of tongue to get /k/ sound
Overall Goal of Prompting
Getting client ot the point where they perform beh. some of the time or even once

We know that once beh. has been performed can increase it's production via beh. mngmt procedures
Things to keep in mind with prompting . .
Tend to use 1+ dimensions @ a time in real world
E.g., adult w/CVA would use: "What is this? You say it." Instructional and A-V (while holding object - teapot - and card with "teapot" written on it)
What's this? A teapot. Now you say it.
Will need to know for next test
Clinician's stimulus
client's response
Tell what's working

In AN, must be systematic - AN every word in every activity
Dimensions of prompting
Any clue given by clinician can be either uni-dimensional or multi-dimensional

Even w/i a given dimension, cuse can be uni-level or multi-level

Listen to me (Instru & A-V). Say teapot (Instru & A-V)
What's this (showing picture of teapot)? Pour water in cup from teapot.
VERY RARE to use uni-level or uni-dimensional cues
How many cues should you use?
As many as need to get them to perform the target beh
Ultimate goal. . .
To bring client to point where they can be reinforced
When you use TOO MANY prompts. . .
Will be difficult to get rid of them later on
When you use TOO FEW prompts. . .
may not work at all - no target beh.
Guidelines for using Prompts
1) Develop prompts for individual client
2) use only as many prompts as you need (easier to get rid of later on)
3) Don't be wary of using manual/physical prompt because you have many dimensions being used at once (Oft. most effective?)
4) Aft. client performs beh - start withdrawing the prompts -very slowly in well-thought out and sequenced way (methodological) = FADING
Aft. client performs beh - start withdrawing the prompts -very slowly in well-thought out and sequenced way (methodological) = FADING

If fade too quickly, client will regress
One more type of prompt - CHAINING
Helping a person to learn a new more complex beh by using behs. already learned
Experiential prompt
Chaining is a type of experiential prompt? Here, you use client's past experience/learning

The past learned beh becomes a cue for the new beh
3 instances where you want to use Chaining OVERVIEW
1) Sequential
2) Add element
3) Make easier using current knowledge
Chaining: Sequential
Where client already learned to perform 2 or more separate behs but you want to teach to perform them one right after another in correct order
E.g., getting dressed (compilation)
Chaining: Add Element
When client has learned a sequence of beh but you want to teach to ADD an element to the sequence
E.g., child can count to 20 but not above - will start at going to 21, once learned will go to 22, etc.
Chaining: Make easier using current knowledge
Want previously learned beh to make it easier to produce new behs
E.g., esophageal speech use single breath to produce 2nd phoneme production (experiential prompt)
In all cases with chaining. . .
Setting up situation where performance of one response prompts or sets the occasion for another response
2 Types of Chaining: Overview
1) Reverse chaining
2) Forward chaining
Reverse chaining
Learn backward/reverse order
Here, have client learn from the LAST behavior backwards to first
E.g., dressing - show order of 1st 5 events, then do last one on own; then help with 1st 4 events, do last 2 on own; then help with 1st 3, etc.
Important with Reverse Chaining
Having client practice a sequence of behavior that he knows the sequence - here start with LAST element
Forward chaining
Theory's the same as Reverse chaining, but go in opposite direction
E.g., prompt "What's first?" then you help thru the rest of the steps - he does no. 1, then prompt with remaining and lessen the amount of help being provided
Example of where use forward chaining. . .
Teaching a child how to count
Overall with chaining
Teaching a person to learn a new more complex beh by starting with a known beh
Benefits of Reverse Chaining 1 of 4
1) Client has greatest opportunity to practice steps leading to completion of target beh: seems logical; with Forward chaining not practicing steps
Benefits of Reverse Chaining 2 of 4
2) Most opportunity for client's reward for final beh
Benefits of Reverse Chaining 3 of 4
3) Might make sense to child since final goal beh is included
Benefits of Reverse Chaining 4 of 4
4) Often easier to maintain attention longer using Reverse Chaining
Guidelines for using Chaining 1 of 6
1) the separate behs or links in chain must be learned bef they can be linked together
Guidelines for using Chaining 2 of 6
2) Learner must learn and execute each link in proper sequence
Guidelines for using Chaining 3 of 6
3) Links in chain must be performed in close time succession - this helps to ensure that links are learned - primary reason for mistakes in using chaining want chain itself to be the prompt (want automatic beh) -- e.g., where know 1-5 but not 6, start with 1-6, then once learned move on to 7
Guidelines for using Chaining 4 of 6
4) Sequence of beh should be repeated until you're sure the beh has been learned -- goal = automatic
Guidelines for using Chaining 5 of 6
5) Make sure there's reinforcement available for client after completing the final link in the chain
Guidelines for using Chaining 6 of 6
6) Whenever possible, use beh chains that are already learned to teach new beh
E.g., child can count only to 5; goal is to count to 10, could start at 6, but per this guideline , use 1-5, then 6
What about when you've tried all prompts, and reinforcers and nothing works?
Change Expected Response (ER) part of model
Changing ER
Last thing you can do in order to change beh

DEF: Accept a beh from a client that is less than what we would've originally targeted

On accepting this beh our hope is that we can build the beh up; manipulate Tx goals - interim levels of response
Two Therapeutic Procedures that Change ER
1) Hierarchy analysis, and
2) Shaping (or successive approximation)
Hierarchy Analysis (HA)
Def: the development of a series of logical well-organized interim levels of response leading to final target

E.g., child runs around all the time; goal = sit in chair for 15 mins
HA of getting child to sit in chair for 15 mins
Reward for touching chair
Sit in chair momentarily
Sit in chair for 5 secs
Sit in chair for 10 secs
Sit in chair for 10-20 secs
Sit in chair for 30 secs
Sit in chair for 1 min
Sit in chair for 2.5 mins
Sit in chair for 5 mins
Sit in chair for 10 mins
Sit in chair for 15 mins one time
Sit in chair for 15 mins 2 times
Sit in chair for 15 mins on regular basis
Key = come up with interim goals
Where you have performed a HA. . .
Level of ER
From simple to complex
99% of the Tx you do sill require a HA
Have to think it out beforehand
Shaping (aka Successive Approximation)
Breaking down tasks into another step DURING the Tx session

Shaping DEF: reinforcing a client for performing a beh that APPROXIMATES the desired beh

Not perfectly per original goal - E.g., instead of pointing to a dog (which is goal), puts hand on table in front of dog - thus, have created an interim step
Must be closer to target, but not quite there (recall - this is done during the Tx session) - here you are changing your hierarchy
When to do HA v. Shaping
HA done before you see the client (preplanned)

Shaping done while you are seeing the client (spontaneous)
Guidelines for using Shaping
1) Approximation has to be reinforced after its execution - or the client may not know what he has done?
2) Don't reinforce an approximation for too long OR client will never move on
The Tx Continuum
Prompting (multiple <--> Few/none)

Reinforcement (heavy <--> light)

Expected Response (simple <--> complex)
Therapeutic Trouble Shooting: 3 choices
1) manipulate the stimulus
2) manipulate the consequence
3) alter expectations for response
Manipulate the stimulus
Change level of prompting
Change type or dimension (visual, auditory, etc.)
Use what client already knows (chaining)
Manipulate the consequence
Positive or Negative
Reinforcement or punishment, including:
Alter expectations for response
Make task easier through:
Hierarchy analysis (thru preplanning)
Shaping (spontaneously)
Task analysis
Which area is Tx breaking down? - one of the 3, find out thru Task Analysis or strategy you've already done working? Think about levels, prompts & reinforcement

DEF: the breaking down of any learning on beh into its component parts
When using TA look at . .
Where the client is
Where you want him to be, and
Steps necessary to get him there
How is TA different that HA?
With TA not thinking about prompts yet

If just doing HA, you're not considering prompts, etc.
Some of the steps in TA will not involve a change in client's beh
TA is CREATING A SERIES OF STEPS that will lead to the new beh
May just change level of prompts or level of reinforcement
Rules/Guidelines for TA
1) Never move from more than one category (e.g., level of prompting multi to few) at a time

2) Try not to move more than one step at a time (e.g., don't get rid of 2 prompts at once - stay at heavy prompting for awhile)
Main problem in Tx
Trying to eliminate too many categories at same time