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koppenhaverd
behavior as communication
Tue Jun 16, 2015 15:58
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A critical issue is whether you treat behavior as behavior or as a form of communication. If throwing yourself down in front of the gym doors is viewed as behavior, you have 2 choices: reward it so it continues or punish it to stop it. Fairly limited view of the world that doesn't work so well--watch the continued battles with children through the school year when this approach is taken. On the other hand, what if throwing yourself down in front of the gym doors is viewed as communication? Now we have to interpret what is going on. Is the child saying, "I don't like exercising? I don't like how the coach treats me? I don't like big, noisy rooms? I love how this smooth floor feels on my skin? That takes problem-solving, but once you figure it out, you can solve a problem. You can also work on teaching the child to communicate more conventionally.

  • understanding the student - Jordan Seagraves, Tue Jun 16 15:24
    I loved the examples that were given in the webinar from the child who covers their ears every time in the music room and the student who throws them self down in front of the gym doors. Most of the... more
    • behavior as communication - koppenhaverd, Tue Jun 16 15:58
      • re: behavior as communication - stacy huffman, Sat Jun 20 12:28
        I am so glad that you presented this question. I recently took a class that helped me look at behaviors as a form of communication. This was definitely an "a-ha" moment for me. I began to look at... more
    • Re: Understanding the student - brawleyeo, Tue Jun 16 15:44
      I agree with you. I think too often we think about ourselves or get embarrassed so we just try to make the student stop the behavior we don't like. I think stopping to think about the cause or the... more
    • Re: Understanding the student - bennettmc, Tue Jun 16 15:28
      Jordan, I agree with you. I think too often we are quick to not even try. I appreciated examples like this because it reminds me that there is so much more going on with these individuals then what... more
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