The analysis described above usually reveals a pattern of the behavior. You should be able to tell from your notes why the inappropriate behavior is occurring. The next step is to find an alternative acceptable behavior. After this you can design a plan that will allow your child to stop the inappropriate behavior and start the desirable behavior in its place.
Such a plan involves:
• Preventing the antecedents—stopping the cause
• Changing the consequence—making sure the consequence is not rewarding
• Modifying the environment—changing the environment to prevent the behavior
• Teaching appropriate behavior—demonstrating/role playing appropriate behavior
• Prompting appropriate behavior—reminders to do the appropriate behavior
• Rewarding appropriate behavior—giving praise, rewards, and privileges for appropriate behavior
Once the plan is put into place, records are kept to monitor the target behavior to see if your plan is working to decrease the undesirable behavior. Expect your plan to need several modifications as you use it over the course of several weeks. Through the process of trial and error and your detailed record keeping, it should be relatively easy to tell what is working and what needs to be changed.