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Learning about Extinction

Presentations for Staff (Autism Programs)
30 minutes – 1 hour
Power point presentation and discussion

Learning objectives:

  • learn what extinction is and how it is used to decrease behaviour
  • learn the various functions of challenging behaviour and how to use extinction with each case
  • learn about the potential pitfalls of using extinction and why it may not work.

Synopsis: We will define extinction and give several examples of how it is used to decrease a variety of behaviours. This presentation will also focus on clearing up misconceptions about this behaviour reduction procedure. Learning to use Extinction effectively based on the function of the behaviour will be covered as well as some potential pitfalls and why this procedure may not work.