Using a Checkbook Management System to Decrease the Inappropriate Speaking-Out Behaviors of a 14-Year-Old Special Education Student

Martha Smith-Fontenot, M.Ed.
Southeastern Louisiana University

Wendy Lowe Siegel, Ph.D.
Southeastern Louisiana University


The authors utilized Applied Behavior Analysis to examine the effects of using tokens with response cost (the Checkbook Management System) on decreasing the inappropriate speaking-out behaviors of a 14-year-old special education student. After functional behavior analysis indicated that the most likely function of the behavior was attention seeking, an intervention was designed to provide attention and tokens contingent upon the performance of the functional alternative behavior of hand-raising and waiting to be called on. Results showed a 67 % decrease in the mean target behavior from baseline to intervention conditions.


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