Behaviors are learned through experience and observations. They can also be instinctual and adaptive. For quite some time, the underpinnings of behavior modification have worked through operant conditioning and established consequences. While this theory still has its application and uses today; many teachers, school psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors often find the struggle of reward systems and motivational techniques fading quicker than they once did. In fact, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation hold less merit to students with easier access to technology and the internet. Students in the K-12 population are more motivated by social status via technological media as less value is held in developing social connections through verbal and tactile experiences. The purpose of this course is to uncover how motivation to behaviors have adapted due to technology and
to adequately address and intervene with problem behavior through behavior modification techniques. This course is appropriate for all student support staff members, regular and special education teachers.