The Effect of the Extinction Procedure in Function-Based Intervention

Donna M. Janney, John Umbreit, Jolenea B. Ferro, Carl J. Liaupsin, Kathleen L. Lane

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In this study, we examined the contribution of the extinction procedure in function-based interventions implemented in the general education classrooms of three at-risk elementary-aged students. Function-based interventions included antecedent adjustments, reinforcement procedures, and function-matched extinction procedures. Using a combined ABC and reversal phase design (A-B-A-B-C-B), a functional relation between the full intervention and dramatically improved levels of on-task behavior were clearly established. On removal of the extinction procedure, on-task behavior rapidly dropped to lower levels. Reinstatement of the full intervention occurred following the partial intervention condition. In every case, on-task levels rapidly improved. Using the Intervention Rating Profile-15 and Children's Intervention Rating Profile, acceptability ratings were highest for full intervention. Limitations and implications for further research are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-123
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Decision Model
  • combined ABC and reversal phase design
  • emotional and/or behavioral disorder
  • extinction
  • function-based intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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