Examples of how ‘Shaping Behaviour’ has facilitated new skills in individuals:

  • Building the capacity in teachers, teacher aides, and parents to demonstrate and model what behaviour to reinforce
  • Teaching parents on how to implement a toileting program, for a child with an intellectual disability, that was aimed at initiating a bowel movement in toilet training
  • Using a preference assessment to establish what reinforces a student who is nonverbal
  • Creating a visual schedule for a child with Autism to assist a family in morning routines at home
  • Teaching a replacement behaviour for spitting in public
  • Developing a visual schedule for staff to use at school to help a student with Autism transition from one activity to the next
  • Using a reinforcement schedule to increase the difficulty of a task for a student who was disengaged in learning and participating within school
  • Teaching handwashing through a sequence of steps using reinforcement
  • Toilet training a 17 year old male across three settings – school, home and a residential setting
  • Developing a social story to use the boy’s toilet at school
  • Teaching ‘Mindfulness’ strategies to reduce hyperactivity and increase on-task behaviour
  • Teaching ‘Mindfulness’ strategies to reduce anxiety
  • Teaching anger management strategies to individuals who had limited self-regulation skills