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Breakin’ The Law!: Ways to Increase Compliance with Rules and Expectations

Presenter: Merrill Winston, Ph.D., BCBA-D

(2.5  BACB CEUs)

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 30 2016 1:00pm - 4:15pm

Room: 104AB


Clinicians, teachers, parents and direct care staff working with individuals with special needs often rely on rules to control the behavior of individuals with good verbal skills. All too often, however, these rules fail to control behavior. Either they fail to stop inappropriate behavior or fail to produce behaviors targeted for acquisition/increase. This presentation will primarily look at three factors in the determination of whether or not rules will have an impact on behavior. There will be a discussion of the role of rule knowledge, the skills necessary to comply with the rule, and the motivation for rule following (as well as the motivation for rule violation). Time will also be spent discussing the importance of the contingencies that support rule following as well as the actual construction of the rule.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 3 areas that directly affect rule following: knowledge, skills and motivation
  • Understand the difference between proscriptive and prescriptive rules
  • Learn how to take proscriptive and reformulate them as prescriptive rules
  • Understand several variables that also affect rule following including meaningful consequences for following or violating rules and whether or not the rule contains a replacement behavior for behaviors that cause rule violation

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