Behavior Reduction Strategies for Individuals with Autism in Clinical Settings

Behavior Reduction Strategies  for Individuals with Autism in Clinical Settings 

When families seek information about applied behavior analysis services, they are concerned a loved one is not displaying age-appropriate skills. They may also be concerned their family member is engaging in behaviors that interfere with day-to-day life. Implementing interventions to help individuals with autism reduce problem behavior is a critical part of treatment. This course will review strategies used to reduce problem behavior including differential reinforcement, extinction, and punishment in clinical settings.

The goal of this educational program is to provide behavior analysts in health and human services settings with information about behavior reduction strategies that can be used in clinical practice. 


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavior Analyst Certification Board


This course is designed to meet CE requirements as outlined by the BACB.
CEU Type: Learning

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ABA-0-BRSIACS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe applications of various differential reinforcement types to reduce problem behavior.
Describe the effective use of extinction to reduce problem behavior
Describe the effective use of punishment for behaviors that are resistant to other methods.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Differential Reinforcement

A Rationale from Skinner

Differential Reinforcement in General

Differential Reinforcement of Incompatible Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of Other Behavior

Differential Reinforcement of Low Rates of Behavior



Section 3: Extinction

Removing Reinforcement

Attention Extinction

Escape Extinction

Extinction and Automatic Reinforcement



Section 4: Punishment

Punishment: Colloquial or Technical Term

Assumptions on the Use of Punishment

Brief Review of Punishment

Using Punishment Ethically



Section 5: Conclusion


Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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