Extinction procedures, or extinction protocols, are behavioural management techniques used to alter the behaviour of an individual or group by gradually withdrawing reinforcement for a given behaviour. Extinction procedures can be beneficial in many different situations, such as when a person is trying to change their own behaviour (e.g., quitting smoking) or when someone is attempting to modify the behaviour of another person (e.g., getting a child to stop tantrums). This procedure can also be helpful in managing disruptive behaviours in educational and clinical settings, such as dealing with aggressive outbursts and noncompliant behaviours.
When deciding whether an extinction protocol would be beneficial, it is important to look at several factors: the situation itself; if there are any underlying causes that may complicate matters; the frequency and intensity of the target behaviour; and any potential consequences if the intervention fails. For example, if someone is displaying acute aggression towards other people during certain times of day then this might warrant using an extinction procedure because it could provide an opportunity for further assessment while reducing immediate risk associated with aggression. Other examples include when someone displays non-compliance towards authority figures or refuses social interaction with peers due to anxiety – here too, employing an extinction protocol could allow for better understanding of what leads up to these behaviours and potentially bring about more positive outcomes over time.
When would an extinction procedure be more beneficial? How would you implement the procedure?
To implement an extinction procedure effectively, there needs to be a clear plan that outlines how long the process should take place for (it typically takes between two weeks and one month), which steps will take place during each phase and how often reinforcement should be withdrawn from undesired behaviours before positive ones are encouraged instead (this may vary depending on individual preferences). It is necessary that all individuals involved have complete knowledge of the plan so they know how best to respond during difficult times – this includes those responsible for administering rewards/punishments as well as those being targeted by interventions. Additionally, progress should regularly monitored throughout each phase in order ensure that desired results are being achieved without causing undue distress on either side (Bedell et al., 2016).
Ultimately, successful use of extrinsic protocols requires patience and consistency from multiple stakeholders – including parents/carers, teachers/professionals working closely with individuals undergoing intervention(s) – coupled with ongoing reviews along every step taken within programme(s). By following these guidelines it should become possible achieve favourable outcomes through effective implementation of this type behavioural management technique – something that has proven time again its usefulness within educational settings particularly but also many other contexts where behavioural modification is necessary either short-term basis or longer term basis(Borkowski & Shaw 2011).