Friday, October 20, 2017

Here's a brief commentary on Brill (July 19, 2012). Time out vs. time in: What's the difference?

Brill (July 19, 2012). Time-out vs. time-in: What's the difference?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) would say that time-ins which empathize with the child during upsetting moments "ineffectively attend to problem behavior. Therefore, time-ins reinforce bad behaviors inappropriately." However, Brill describes ABA-style time-out as inhumane and gives us this humane alternative to ABA's dog biscuit "treatments."

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