Speech : Talking Back / Swearing Essay
This most often occurs when the parent brings up a topic sensitive to the patient (i.e. the moving from their old lives; running away from their problems) and is followed by the patient controlling the conversation through rude sarcasm or swearing. Therefore it is hypothesized that the function of this behavior is attention seeking and escape/avoidance.
Goal for Decrease:
The client will reduce her frequency of talking back/swearing by 50% of the baseline (from 6 swearing episodes per day to 3 swearing episodes per day) for 3 or more consecutive weeks.
Plan for Punishment/Extinction:
Punishment: When the patient talks back or swears to a person of authority, she will put her weekly allowance in a swear jar (and/or rude/sarcasm). The money collected will then be taken away from the patient and given back to the parents.
Extinction: When the patient talks back or swears to a person of authority, the parents will no longer continue to engage with the patient whenever she swears or has a rude tone. The parents will only proceed in the conversation once an apology is said by the patient.…