Behavior Modification Essay

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RUNNING HEAD: Behavior Intervention

Behavioral intervention of a

schoolboy displaying low on-task behavior

in his classroom

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The on-task behavior of a schoolboy aged 11 named Alan was monitored over an

intervention period of 39 days. This period consisted of observation, intervention and

follow-up segments. Target behaviors were defined. These behaviors were then

isolated during the intervention to extricate the functional association of antecedents

and consequences. Previous studies from the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

were referred to for the structure of the
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     Observation is an essential part of behavior modification therapy. This is because of the need to be able to recognize the need to change a behavior and distinguish the antecedents and consequences. All three factors are observable and should be monitored closely to identify the relationship and effect they have on each other. Once these relationships have been identified, behavior therapy can be employed to extinguish undesired behavior replacing it with more appropriate behavior.
     To correctly observe and assess an individual for an intervention program a measuring process should be designed for the purpose of evaluating their behavior.
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This measurement process should specify observable actions that the individual indulges in to display their mood. The number of times the action or actions are performed acts as a clear indication of the presence of the target behavior. To limit any variation within collected data, specific times and settings should be tightly controlled when conducting the observations.
     This observational period acts as the first stage in the general process of any kind of behavior modification therapy. Once observed, the behavior is then identified, targeted and then stopped. Ideally while the inappropriate behavior is being stopped, another desired behavior is being identified, developed, strengthened and maintained.

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