Emerald City Clinic
Bringing out (via positive conditioned reinforcement) behavioral responses with topographies, duration or intensities that more closely resemble target behavior, e.g., only reinforcing appropriate requests and placing less desirable behavior on extinction, e.g., inappropriate requests, or requests that include yelling.
The why of the behavior – not the topography (what it looks like). All behavior serves a function.
Specifically, discriminated operant, or, behavior that “occurs more frequently under some antecedent conditions than under others” (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007, p. 694).
Using differential reinforcement to produce a series of gradually – changing response classes; each response class is a successive approximation toward a terminal behavior (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007, p. 704).
Specifically, a generalized behavior change – is a “change in behavior that has not been taught directly” (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007, p. 697).
Behavior controlled by consequences (including verbal behavior); a word describing behavior as operating within an environment as a product of learning history (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007).
A request, or, an elementary verbal operant based on B.F. Skinner’s theoretical analysis of verbal behavior (Skinner, 1957) evoked by a motivating operation and followed by specific reinforcement, e.g., requesting a glass of water is a mand for water; especially if the water is not visible at the time of the request (pure mand).