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How do behavior modification therapists solve problematic behavior?

How do behavior modification therapists solve problematic behavior?

Behavioral Analysis: They rely on applied behavioral analysis (aba), which is based on the theory of behaviorism. The principle of reinforcement is one of the most important aspects of aba. For example, if a behavior is followed closely in time by an event ("stimulus") and this results in an increase in the future frequency of that behavior, the event or stimulus is a positive reinforcer. This is a bit like a reward. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Behavior Modification (Definition)

Behavior modification, a type of psychotherapy is the use of demonstrated behavior change techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual's behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement of adaptive behavior and/or the reduction of behavior through its extinction, punishment ...Read more


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Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Reward The Positive: Behavior modification theory is based on a simple idea: reward positive and ignore negative behavior. Often used in parenting children. An example: 2 children are playing side-by-side sharing their toys are verbally praised and 5 minutes is added to their play time, a third child refuses to share and is placed in a brief time-out effectively ignoring the negative behavior. Consistency is the key. ...Read more

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What's behavior modification therapy?

What's behavior modification therapy?

Targets specific: Behaviors using well established learning principles such as positive & negative reinforcement, shaping, exposure, extinction and infrequently, punishment. Usually specific behaviors are targeted such as head banging, tantrums, refusal to participate, etc. These principles are often used in weight loss, cigarette cessation, and shyness training programs. Requires lots of expertise to do well! ...Read more

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Is impulsive behavior the first sign of future suicidal or homicidal behavior?

Is impulsive behavior the first sign of future suicidal or homicidal behavior?

Probably not: The first signs of suicidal or homicidal behavior tend to be either depression or a general lack of concern for the well-being of others. While someone that impulsive may make a decision the harm themselves or others, we are more interested in suicidal or homicidal thoughts as a precursor to such behavior. ...Read more

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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more

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Adhd might just be impulsive behavior disorder?

Adhd might just be impulsive behavior disorder?

Yes: Yes, impulsivity is commonly present in adhd, but remember we all could be impulsive at times, the behavior has to be present for a while and be severe enough to cause impairement, ie work, love/live relations, school etc. ...Read more

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Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Could be: Especially if you possess complex partial seizures. Discuss with your neurologist, but do not disregard possibility of medication adverse effect, especially if you are taking a Dopamine agonist. ...Read more

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3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

Start by giving her: pediatrician a list of specific behaviors, e.g., screaming, hitting, biting, lining up toys, insistence. on routine, + onset, duration, immediate precipitants & consequences for each behavior to guide referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to assess for Autistic Spectrum Disorder or child psychiatrist for mental illness vs. ASD. Also get a (neuro)psychological evaluation & therapy. ...Read more

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Enuresis and encopresis with behavior therapy?

Enuresis and encopresis with behavior therapy?

Rule out neurologic: Problem which can impair sphincter, bladder and bowel function. Enuresis alone usually does not require behavior therapy. Encopresis, in the absence of any neurologic deficit may well benefit from behavior therapy. Thus most children with combined enuresis & encopresis usually require some form of behavior therapy. ...Read more

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Could concerta stop impulsive behaviour in people with adhd?

Sometimes: As in most areas of medicine, medications are prescribed and it is hoped that they will work, but they don't always perform at 100% level. Sometimes we have to change the medication or add in another medication to get improvement up to level that the patient and their family desires. Psychotherapy however should also be an important part of the treatment program so that the patient can learn psychological techniques to avoid the impulsivity. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

Undersatnding: Asperger's syndrome and its complexity, helps 2 better manage the challenging issues & relationships children & adults affected by the disorder, have w/ environment. In addition 2 medical & behavioral help ur son need 2 have, 2 books by daniel tammet, autistic savant: "born on a blue day" autobio & "embracing the wide sky" more informative on asperger's r both great sources of info. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What's cognitive behavior therapy?

What's cognitive behavior therapy?

Therapy for Thoughts: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is a psychotherapy in which the therapist and the patient work together to revise problematic thinking patterns that lead to emotional and behavioral problems. This is essential because one's beliefs affect one's view of self, others, and one's future. What one believes, whether it is true or not, affects every aspect of our lives. "disputing" is one cbt skill. ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Why would a child laugh while being aggressive/attacking parent during a severe temper tantrum? (7 y/o boy with aspergers)

Part of disorder: Part of the disorder is inappropriate emotional responses to situations.Laughter to a boy with asperger's is not the same laughter as you and i would interpret it. That it what is so hard for all of us to understand with these kids, because we interpret our environment and situations one way, and it's a totally different world and experience for these kids. Often altered sensations to pain as well. ...Read more

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Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Not necessarily.: It could indicate the environment getting worse for the child - more stress, perhaps bullying, maybe a new problem they are struggling with. Or they are trying to tell you something that you haven't picked up on. ...Read more

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My son has pdd-nos is 22 will zeldox help control obsessive behaviour i.E. Texting that is harassment and likely to end up in trouble with law?

My son has pdd-nos is 22 will zeldox help control obsessive behaviour i.E. Texting that is harassment and likely to end up in trouble with law?

Possibly: Zeldox is a member of a family of medications that have shown benefit for obsessive behavior. Speak to a psychiatrist about it and other medications used for OCD. ...Read more

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Will children with ADHD truly benefit from behavior therapy?

Will children with ADHD truly benefit from behavior therapy?

They can: Well-designed and applied behavioral therapy is as effective in controlling adhd symptoms as are adhd medications. However, both require ongoing use to maintain efficacy. Adhd is a chronic disorder & no current interventions offer a cure, so be sure to use interventions you can sustain over time. With maturity, children may be able to take over aspects of self-monitoring, but structure is key. ...Read more

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Can habituation takes place in children learning new behavior?

Can habituation takes place in children learning new behavior?

Absolutely: Essentially, learning a new behavioral pattern, means becoming habituated to it. Such as a bedtime and nap routine. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Behavior Therapy (Definition)

Behavior therapy seeks to target the symptoms or behaviors that are troublesome, based upon the principles of behavior modification, rather than attempting ...Read more