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Restitution

Restitution is a corrective procedure that consists of both restoring and improving the environmental effects of an inappropriate or undesired behavior. Essentially, the individual who engages in the unwanted behavior is required to not only correct but also improve the environmental consequences of that behavior. For example, a child who throws food on the wall may be required to clean the entire wall in addition to the spot on the wall where the food was thrown.

Restitution is one component of a larger set of aversive procedures referred to as overcorrection. Generally, overcorrection consists of two components: restitution and positive practice. The primary distinction between these two procedures is a topographical one. In restitution, the corrective behavior is directly related to, and as such, ...

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