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Introduction
Introduction

In a parent training group, Carla's mother, Juanita, told the practitioner that almost every time she told Carla to put her toys away, Carla screamed. Juanita would attempt to placate Carla by promising to buy her new clothes and by putting the toys away herself.

On the basis of the behavioral assessment, the practitioner suspected that Juanita was reinforcing Carla's screaming by putting the toys away and promising to buy Carla new clothes. The practitioner showed Juanita how to use extinction to decrease Carla's screaming. The procedure involved withholding the positive reinforcers for Carla's screaming.

The practitioner instructed Juanita to stop making promises, to stop putting away the toys, and to walk away from Carla when she screamed about putting away her toys. The practitioner told ...

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