The ABC's of Behavior
Session goal: At the end of this session, you will be able to advance your parenting skills by using the "ABC framework" to understand your child's behavior.
- The important point here is that the mother makes the statement, "Say, I want juice" (A). This leads to the child saying "juice" (B), which results in the mother immediately rewarding him with the juice (C).
- Note how the reward (juice) naturally relates to the behavior (asks for juice). An unrelated reward would be something like an M&M, or a chip, or even a token that he could "cash in" for a reward later on.
- Note how the mom sets up a learning opportunity and then maintains control of the learning opportunity by keeping the juice just out of the child’s reach, so the child must ask her for it. If the cup were near the child, the child would not have to engage with his mom to have a drink; there would be no chance for a learning opportunity.