Functions of Behavior

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There are four functions of behavior. This means that there are four reasons why an individual may engage in a behavior. The four functions are listed below with a brief explanation

 

Escape:

  • Student engages in target behaviors to escape, delay, or avoid an event, sensation, person, item or activity.

Attention:

    • Student engages in target behaviors in order to gain attention from peers or adults. This attention can be positive (praise) or negative (correction, reprimands).

Tangible:

  • Student engages in target behaviors in order to gain access to an item, person or activity.

Sensory/Automatic:

  • Student engages in target behaviors in order to seek tactile, auditory or other sensations.

Behavior Management Strategies

Providing Choices

Follow Through with Demands

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