Perspectives of Behavior

Fixed Perspective of Behavior

Uncooperative, difficult, defiant, rude, disrespectful, naughty, etc.

Action

Attempt to control the behavior through exclusion or external motivators such as bribes, reward charts, punishment, threats, intimidation, shame.

Result

Extrinsic motivation and short-term change.

Action in response to continued behaviors

Different attempts to control the behavior. Greater exclusion, different bribes, different rewards, greater threats, continued punishment, etc.

Result

Extrinsic motivation and short-term change.

And so on and so on…

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Growth Perspective of Behavior

Communication, skill-based deficits, mental health, regulation.

Action

Communication, mental health, and regulation supports, skill-based instruction and learning.

Result

Supported communication, mental health, and regulation needs, skill development, intrinsic motivation and long-term change.

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