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Differential Reinforcement of Other Behavior (DRO)

Behavior change is a process, just as the transformation of our hearts into the image of Christ is a process. It requires diligence, faith, and a whole lot of grace!



Differential Reinforcement of Other Behavior (DRO) is a great way to hold yourself accountable for showing your child "grace." If you are struggling with a behavior at home that is challenging, consider using DRO, which allows youto reinforce your child for doing ANYTHING other than the behavior you are trying to reduce.



Example: Let's pretend your child's challenging behavior is screaming. If you decide to make your DRO interval 3 minutes, then at the end of the three minutes, if your child has not screamed, reinforce by saying "you didn't scream for 3 minutes!" simply because they were engaging in behavior OTHER than screaming. Then, reset your timer and do it again! If screaming occurs during the interval, just withhold reinforcement. No lecturing needed. If done consistently enough, you can increase time intervals and see just how much a bit of "grace" can increase desirable behavior!



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