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7 04, 2020

Is it REALLY reinforcement

By |2020-05-22T20:56:06-06:00April 7th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

Reinforcement is reinforcement only when it is reinforcing This may be the most important lesson when it comes to reinforcement. Reinforcement is only reinforcement if it works. I know, you are never supposed to use the defining word in the definition. It is bad practice. However, this is really [...]

27 03, 2020

Automatic Reinforcement

By |2020-05-22T21:34:33-06:00March 27th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

I don’t need you: Automatic Reinforcement In the last section, we learned that purposeful actions or accidental actions of another person (i.e. the parent) can reinforce behaviors. Here we cover the fact that behaviors can be reinforced without any help from another person or organism, known as automatic reinforcement. [...]

27 03, 2020

Negative Reinforcement

By |2020-05-22T21:15:23-06:00March 27th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

Bad Reinforcement! Very, very bad- wait, that’s not right! Recently I read an article which summarized Applied Behavior Analysis as using “positive reinforcement to get aggressive behaviors under control.” Positive reinforcement-positive! Is that all we can use now?! Negative reinforcement is always discriminated against. Even Sheldon Cooper misused the [...]

25 03, 2020


By |2020-05-22T21:18:28-06:00March 25th, 2020|Terminology Mini-Course|

Reinforcement is reinforcement regardless of the behavior… To begin the Mini-Course "Same Page Terminology", let’s understand what reinforcement is. Reinforcement (positive or negative) increases behavior. Knowing if something is reinforcing requires knowing if the preceding behavior is occurring more often. This concept is relatively easy to understand with positive [...]

23 03, 2020

Parenting with Behavior Analysis

By |2020-07-22T09:53:02-06:00March 23rd, 2020|General, Terminology Mini-Course|

The basis of Step-In Parenting: Parenting with Behavior Analysis Step-In Parenting is rooted in behaviorism, the main theory that guides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is often thought of only as a treatment for children with Autism. However, ABA is applicable to all children (and adults for that matter). [...]

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