Behavioral Modification

Also known as: behavior modification.

What is behavioral modification?

Behavioral modification is a treatment method that attempts to change negative behaviors through the use of positive or negative reinforcement. It has shown value as a treatment for ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorder, phobias, separation anxiety disorder and other issues.

How does behavior modification work?

Behavioral modification is a method of changing child behavior that extends beyond the doctor’s office. Examples of the method include offering rewards for positive behavior, and punishing children for negative behavior. Over time, the idea is for the desired behavior to be reinforced through the use of these methods.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this test. Parents and caregivers may require education in order to use the method properly.

What are the risk factors?

There are no risk factors related to behavioral modification.

Reviewed by: Mercedes Bello, MD

This page was last updated on: November 19, 2019 10:59 AM

Weekly Support Programs

​F.O.C.U.S. Program

This program is currently suspended due to the pandemic. 8 week program. This group therapy program is designed for children ages 7 to 17 with behavioral issues, including but not limited to ADHD. The weekly sessions teach innovative techniques to assist children with managing feelings, developing organization skills, maximizing their concentration abilities and socialization skills. Learn more.

Social Skills Group

This program is currently suspended due to the pandemic. 8 week program. Children and teens ages 7 to 17 are invited to join this small discussion group to learn how to make, cultivate and maintain friendships. Participants will learn basic conversational skills, and discuss the use of appropriate humor, how to electronically connect with others, and how to manage disagreements. Learn more.

Calm Kids

8 week program. Calm Kids is a weekly group therapy course designed to teach children strategies on how to take control over anxiety symptoms. Children will learn how to cope with fears and worries, identify anxiety triggers, how to relax the mind and body and maximize their self-confidence. Learn more.

Pain Management Group

8 week program. This program is specifically designed to empower children ages 7-18 through complex sensory experiences. Each session is created to teach participants evidenced-based techniques to better manage pain and improve overall quality of life. Learn more.

Teen Sleep Group

The six-week program is designed for teens ages 12 to 17 experiencing difficulties related to sleep, including daytime sleepiness, trouble waking in the morning, difficulty falling asleep and waking in the middle of the night. The goal of this group is to give teens the tools and strategies they need in order to get more sleep and better quality sleep. Learn more.

Wise Girls Worksop

Wise Girls Workshop is a six-session, primary prevention program, facilitated by the Department of Psychology and thoughtfully designed to empower middle school students ages 11-14 through evidenced-based practices. Each session is 60 minutes long and will include 8-10 young female participants.

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