Unformatted text preview: parents, peers, and teachers do not acknowledge her improvements is an
unfortunate example of unintentional extinction.
Although extinction can be an effective intervention, there are some
considerations in using it well (Alberto & Troutman, 1999; Lerman & Iwate,
1995; Schloss & Smith, 1994; Wielkiewicz, 1998). First, extinction does not work
well for all behaviors. For example, self-reinforcing behaviors such as
daydreaming are hard to extinguish.
Second, extinction can be a very slow process, especially if the target
behavior was originally maintained by an intermittent reinforcement schedule. 24 Also, remember that behaviors are functional and often have a goal. Try to
replace the extinguished behavior with a reasonable alternative. This is how
Roberta Jones handles this issue.
• “When students are misbehaving for my attention, I have learned that
it is not enough to ignore them. I get better and quicker results if I also
reinforce them for seeking attention in better ways” Third, when you...
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