In this episode of Keepin' It 100 (KI100), we will continue the journey of looking at why challenging behavior occurs. There are specific reasons as to why all behavior occurs and we'll dive into those reasons continuing today with the application of the idea that certain individuals engage in behavior to escape or avoid aversive situations.

Keepin' It 100 is a practical web series by Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education designed to help parents and practitioners learn and apply the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Keepin' It 100 is designed to be a series of 100 videos, each roughly 100 seconds in length over 100 days.

Keepin' It 100: Episode 6

It’s not uncommon for children to engage in escape behavior. We all do this, so we should not be shocked when we learn that our kiddos will engage in these types of behaviors when we’ve placed demands or are asking them to do certain things that they’d rather not do. That said, in this Episode, we mentioned a term, Escape Extinction. Essentially, what you want to do as a parent or practitioner, is ensure that your learner is not reinforced for engaging in the escape behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is effective when the strategies are properly utilized. When you start withholding reinforcement for engaging in challenging behavior, you’ll communicate to the learner or your child that there’s no payoff for doing what they’re doing. If you have a leaner that’s engaging in escape behavior, try giving them strategies that will enable them to access the escape in more socially-appropriate ways.

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