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Types of Consequences

Over the next few weeks, we will be covering tips on how to utilize Consequence Interventions. First things first, here's a little information on what a consequence really is!

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A consequence is not always "bad," rather it is simply what happens as the result of something. In behavioral terms, a consequence is 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕙𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕖𝕟𝕤 𝕚𝕞𝕞𝕖𝕕𝕚𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕝𝕪 𝕗𝕠𝕝𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒 𝕓𝕖𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕠𝕣.

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Applied Behavior Analysis recognizes 4 types of consequences that can be strategically used to increase or decrease behavior. The tricky part is remembering that "positive" and "negative" translate to "give" and "take," not "good" and "bad."

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Every single response we give to someone (i.e., a look, a verbal response, a text, no response at all), serves to either increase or decrease behavior. So, really, every response you make throughout your day falls underneath one of these 4 categories. Kinda cool!

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Over the next week, make yourself aware of these and try strategically using them when responding to your children. Consider how many "reinforcement" responses you give in a day...can there be more? Can they be more specific so that your child associates the behavior that achieved that response? Consider how many "punishment" responses you give in a day...are you making sure to use at least twice as much reinforcement?

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Do you have questions for how to utilize this strategy? Look back at our posts on Replacement Behavior and Antecedent Interventions, or📩info@hsvba.com //www.hsvba.com


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