An Intro to Function and Behavior
Follow-up Resources for our Professional Learning
Function and Behavior Chart
The chart shows how the two functions are connected to positive and negative reinforcement. A full pdf copy is linked below.
- If a behavior results in successfully meeting the FUNCTION (obtain or escape), it is reinforced.
- If a behavior is REINFORCED (whether positively or negatively), it is likely to recur.
Negative Reinforcement in Action
Smoke Detector Battery - Firehouse Subs
The behavior that is likely to recur is changing the smoke detector's batteries promptly. That behavior will likely recur because the young man successfully escaped the wretched beeping once he changed them. Reinforcement that occurs as a result of escaping is negative reinforcement.