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Behaviour modification is defined as "the alteration of behavioural patterns through the use of such learning techniques as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement." More simply, you can modify your child's behaviour with positive consequences and negative consequences.

Behaviour modification is based on the idea that good behaviour should lead to positive consequences and bad behaviour should lead to negative consequences. Behaviour modification is often used to discipline kids with ADHD, autism or oppositional defiant disorder, but it can be effective for kids of all types. Behaviour modification involves positive punishment, negative punishment, positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement.

How to Use Behaviour Modification to Change Your Child's Behaviour

You can't force a child to change his behaviour. But, you can change the environment in a way that he'll be more motivated to change. Behaviour modification is about modifying the environment in a way that your child has more incentive to follow the rules. Consistency is the key to making behaviour modification effective. If you praise your child for doing his chores, use praise every time he does his chores until it becomes a habit. Then, you can gradually phase out your praise over time.

Negative consequences should also be consistent. If your child only gets sent to time-out once out of every five times he hits someone, your consequences won't be effective. He needs to go to time-out each and every time he hits someone. Behaviour modification also works best when adults work together as a team. If teachers, daycare providers, and other caregivers use the same consequences and rewards, a child's behaviour is likely to change even faster. Keep in mind that behaviour modification should be customised to your child's specific needs. The strategies that work well for one child might not work with another.

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