Behavior Modification Plan Infant

Topics: Classical conditioning, Behaviorism, Operant conditioning Pages: 4 (1411 words) Published: April 24, 2013
Description and Rationale:
An infant child (my son William, two months old), presents with pain from gastrointestinal (G.I.) and esophageal abnormalities. Utilizing Classical and Operant Conditioning, the goal is to engender a response to these specific pains that will cause the child to deal appropriately with the pain and bring sanity to the parents. Instructions / Components / Organization:

The target behavior to be modified is the uncontrollable, inconsolable crying the child exhibits when pain presents from G.I. and esophageal issues. The Behavior to be established is a conditioned response, to only those types of pain, which comforts the child by automatically having him calm his reactions to the specific pain stimulus and breathe through his nose, decreasing anxiety. SECTION TITLES

Target Behavior
Crying when presented with pain from G.I. and esophageal abnormalities. Whose Behavior
William xxx xxxxxxx. my son: two months old as of February 23. 2013 Original Behavior and Expected Outcome As gastrointestinal and esophageal (G.I. and E.) issues cause problems for William, being so young, he cries. Crying is an unconditioned response (UCS) from the pain that is caused by the G.I. and E. issues causing William to become uncontrollable in his crying and inconsolable as a result of pain and anxiety from the pain. As any newborn, William has only three modes: sleeping, crying awake, and happy awake (Sleeping, CA, HA). Due to these issues, the happy awake mode is rarely present as the G.I. and E. issues have robbed him (and his parents) of this enjoyable part of child growth and development. William’s reaction to the pain stimulus is unconditioned, and using mostly Classical Conditioning, the intent is to condition a new response to these specific stimuli. Conditioning the new response, with only partial Operant Conditioning, will cause William to react differently to these specific types of pain, and teach him to act in a way that is both...
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