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Verbal Intervention Tips


1. Remain calm
2. Isolate the situation
3. Enforce limits
4. Listen 4. Fake attention
5. Be aware of nonverbals
6. Be consistent


1. Overreact

2. Get in a power struggle

3. Make False Promises

4. Fake Attention

5. Be threatening

6. Use Jargon



Determine reinforcer preferences
Determine academic ability levels
Determine social interaction skills
Determine ability to remain on task
Determine group behavior
Monitor and limit contemporary determinants of inappropriate behavior such as having to wait, task length, task difficulty, peer involvement, etc.
Base seating arrangements on behavior
Base group involvement on behavior
Maintain teacher mobility in classroom
Maintain teachcr/student contact: visual, verbal, and physical
Use criteria for expectations based on observed behavior and performance
Use shaping, fading, and imitation procedures to gradually change behavior

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