How to Set up this Intervention: Identify an achievable time interval that the student can go without engaging in the behavior. Use your baseline data! If the behavior typically occurs every 3 minutes, make the time interval 2 minutes. The interval will be short and doable. You need your student to contact success and get some buy-in to the intervention. When the time interval is complete without any instances of the problem behavior – provide the reinforcement. If the student engages in the problem behavior, restart the interval. This provides a punishment aspect for the behavior.
Tips for this Intervention: This can be used more easily with students with more language. Explain the rules. Put a name for the behavior you are trying to decrease so you have a way to talk about it. When reducing scripting, have a name for it. We called it “bad talking” with a student to reduce this behavior. We didn’t want to reduce all talking but more specifically the disruptive and violent themed scripting behavior.
- Use visual timers or an iPod app to illustrate the length of the timing.
- Fade this to a token economy. Student can earn a point for every interval without a behavior and exchange points for reinforces.
- Use visuals to clarify the rules.
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