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Extinction of Behavior exhibited by a Toddler

Extinction of Behavior exhibited by a Toddler

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Hi! I am a special education teacher and teach in a full-inclusion preschool classroom. I have some concerns about the best approach for treating a student who is 3 years old. This student is developmentally approximately 18 months. He is head banging. We are slowly starting to see a decrease in the behavior but we are at the point where we would like to extinguish the behavior altogether. He has a helmet that is put on when the behavior occurs and is taken off after ten seconds when he calms himself. The new plan is that the helmet stays on for the rest of the day if he bangs himself at any time throughout the day. It is hoped that this will extinguish the behavior. Do you have any thoughts or ideas regarding this approach or other possible interventions? Thank you, Ellen

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