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Positive Practice

Positive practice involves the repeated practice of a desired behavior and is considered one of the two components of overcorrection (the other component is restitution and involves correcting the effects of an inappropriate behavior). Overcorrection is a behavior modification technique that has been used with a variety of patient populations for numerous types of behaviors. Overcorrection involves requiring an individual to engage in “positive” behaviors that correct a problem in the same situation or context as the problem behavior, and the positive behaviors are logically linked to the problem behavior. For example, a child who purposefully knocks a plate of food out of the hands of a classmate in the lunch line might be made to repeatedly serve food to his or her classmates ...

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