Definition of stimming behaviors

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Definition of stimming behaviors

A stemming behavior would be a behavior that somebody does because it feels good. So it's some kind of a habit that might be like a rocking behavior, hair twirling, groping themselves inappropriately ¬– something that would be an antisocial behavior. That's something that you would want to use behavior modification with, because it becomes antisocial. So you can use a token economy for that behavior as well, and you could use it like in time frames where they get rewards for not doing that behavior that you know would cause them social problems.

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Behavior Therapist

In her career in youth development, Lisa Gonsalves, MA, has served youth populations across the globe over the past 25 years. Her professional experience includes creating, developing, and administering a variety of programs, development systems, and methods for young people as coordinator, counselor, and instructor for ages four through 24.  The various youth populations she has served include school age children with behavioral or mental heath diagnoses, urban and rural at-risk adolescents, foreign students, gay youth, socio-economically underprivileged, and middle class youth. She has a master’s degree in Social Policy for Youth Services.

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