Nutritional Disorders Telehealth Network Project

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Positive Reinforcement

Reinforcement is one of the most powerful strategies to teach a child what to do. A reinforcer is anything that increases or strengthens a behavior.

Extinction

Systematically discontinuing a reward following a response to decrease the future probability of the response occurring.

Mealtime Structure/Schedule

Providing a consistent environment and a fixed daily schedule of meals and snacks.

Behavioral Contracting

A behavioral contract is a written agreement between a caregiver and a child to help them to achieve a specified goal. In a medical context this tool is generally used to help with adherence to a medical plan. Using behavioral contracts to treat nutrition problems is a common practice.

Stimulus Control Strategies

Stimulus control strategies are a type of behavioral interventions for weight management that are supported by research as being efficacious. Stimulus control strategies involve identification and modification of environmental factors that influence eating patterns. The goal of stimulus control strategies is to reduce environmental characteristics or situations that serve to trigger maladaptive eating behaviors.

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