This is an extinction-based technique used to reduce specific attention-seeking/attention-based problematic behaviors. When implementing planned ignoring, the instructor must be prepared for extinction bursts or “worsening of the attention-based problematic behavior” before the initial problem behavior stops. Again, it is important to remember that planned ignoring is only for challenging behaviors that function for attention.
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