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I am a speech therapist and have a student that is new to me this year. He is an AU sophmore and blurts. His blurting consists of silly comments but also a lot of silly exaggerated faces. He gets a lot of laughs and encouragement from peers. His SPED teacher has had him for the last 3 years and says the blurting has escalated this year. She says he has no motivators (?). Any ideas to start with? Thanks!

Sep 16, 2015 12:27pm

  • Other
  • 10
  • Behavior / Engagement / Special Education
  • Antecedent-Based Interventions / Differential Reinforcement / Reinforcement / Response Interruption/ Redirection
  • Teacher Collaboration


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    • May 4, 2016 6:16pm

      Just an initial thought, this student seems to be seeking attention, and kids will take whatever they can get, even if it is negative. Often times, it can be a diversion to struggling with certain skills. After 30+ years, I can say I learned long ago to give positive attention to any behavior I want increased and to ignore any behavior I want to extinguish. The key is to be consistent, because inconsistent reinforcement is the strongest type. Students like this will constantly hi-jack the attention in a learning situation in some way. It's about attention. Find the pay off and change your response. I would start by giving less attention to his interruptions, etc. and re-direct my focus to give positive input to the students who are demonstrating the positive behaviors wanted in the learning situation. The key is to Ignore the negative. At first, it may seem like it's not working at all because the student will seem to be progressing in the wrong direction as he actually increases those behaviors as he tries harder to get that ultimate response. But stay strong and keep removing that pay off by ignoring the negative and instead, keep the focus and attention directed on the positive students. It's a process. It takes hard work, problem solving and committment. But stay consistent. It will work. This basic process has served me well with learners of all ages from pre-k thru geriatrics. Good Luck. Although it may be hard to believe, this student is likely to turn out to be one of your best.
      Rhonda Caruso