Speech : Talking Back / Swearing Essay

2269 Words Nov 30th, 2016 10 Pages
Behavior 1: Talking Back/Swearing The behavior of talking back which is defined as any time the patient responds to her parents in a rude/sarcastic tone with intent to hurt her parents’ feelings. The behavior of swearing at her parents is defined as any time the patient uses profane language during a conversation either towards her parents directly or casually in the conversation.
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.…

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