Fixed Time Reinforcement For Challenging Behaviors

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Fixed-Time Reinforcement for Challenging Behaviors Article Critique Beth H. Diaite Johns Hopkins University Fixed Time Reinforcement Article Critique Schoolhouse violence and classroom disruptions have created zero-tolerance policies in many of our nation’s schools. More and more educators are charged with the task of managing these disruptive behaviors in the classroom. As systems are faced with these changing dynamics, many educators have begun to feel powerless when students present with extremely challenging behaviors. Yet daily, children, regardless of their disability designations are engaging in the display of these behaviors that often warrant formal intervention. Although most educators are familiar with Functional Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans, as they are most commonly used to address these issues, many of these plans are often “ineffective”, and are used inconsistently or incorrectly. In this regard, suspensions and expulsions have become the most commonly used interventions. Therefore, it is imperative that educators and practitioners effectively identify the function of behavior and determine the appropriate methods for intervention. This will allow schools to become safe spaces for educators to support the social and emotional development of their students. Moreover, the process for identifying the types of interventions and reinforcement schedules that are useful must become a standardized part of the (Tomlin &
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