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Follow & Shape Behavior

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In this lesson, the focus is on shaping behavior rather than simply stopping or eradicating it. Instead, we aim to shape behavior by redirecting it, explaining it, or replacing it with more appropriate alternatives. To ensure effective learning, we will see how flexibility and variety are ways of generalizing teaching and lessons, and we will learn to observe and follow how the environment is affecting the child’s behavior and physiology. Similarly, understanding how their physiology is influencing their behavior can provide valuable insights and inform appropriate interventions and support.

Below are the videos that illustrate this lesson. Make sure to download the supporting PDF workbook.

Something to ponder: Think of a time when you felt so uncomfortable that you started acting odd? Does your mood or energy get affected by the environment? When you’re trying to stop a bad habit, do you like it someone tells you to stop?

Lesson Takeaways

  • Instead of stopping or eradicating a behavior, shape it by redirecting it, explaining it or replacing it
  • Pay attention to the needs of the bathroom
  • Be flexible and use variety as ways to shape a behavior
  • Is the environment making the problems easier or harder for the child?
  • Anything you can do to simplify and adapt allows them to feel independence and capable
  • Think about how the environment is affecting their behavior and in turn their physiology
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