This label is used to describe the increase in intensity or rate of a behavior when the behavior no longer results in the usual reinforcer that maintains it over time. Using Leo’s example above, an extinction burst when his hitting no longer results in a cookie may be stronger hits, and/or screaming, and/or crying, et cetera. It is important for continency managers (e.g., parents, teachers, professionals) do not “give in” during these bursts.
April is Autism Awareness Month and an excellent opportunity to promote and draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. #lightitupblue
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