The Functions of Behavior

In Applied Behavior Analysis, there are four main functions of behavior: escape, attention, automatic reinforcement, and access to reinforcement. The escape function occurs when the individual wants to avoid completing a task he/she does not want to do. The attention seeking behavior occurs when an individual behaves in a way that gains them attention from those around them. Automatic reinforcement is a behavior that an individual exhibits because it is self-stimulating. The access to reinforcement behavior occurs when an individual behaves in order to obtain a reinforcing item. In ABA, knowing the function of a behavior is the first step to developing a plan for intervention. If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.


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