Escape Extinction

The behavior that usually “stops” an unwanted event no longer effectively stops that same unwanted event.  For example, a child usually cries when presented with a table-task. In the past, the crying behavior has been negatively reinforced by the removal of the table-task.  In escape extinction, the teacher will not remove the table-task regardless of the crying behaviors of the child. This teaches the learner that the [crying] behavior no longer works.


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