1 min read: I was consulting with a teacher who was frustrated at a child in her kindergarten classroom because of his "disruptive behaviour". And it was getting much worse.
We like to say to our clients: "If a behaviour is happening there must be a source of reinforcement in the environment". I asked if I could observe the classroom and within 5 minutes of watching the class Zach was reprimanded for getting out of his seat.
The teacher sent him to the principal's office at which point he was sat in front of a computer desk where he was given access to games until it was time to go back to class.
We're not always present for the reinforcement maintaining behaviour but it's always there.