Behavior Modification Essay
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 …show more content…
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.
Various techniques can be engaged to obtain this outcome. To strengthen positive behavior both positive and negative reinforcement can prove useful. Positive reinforcement relies on…