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psychologist because she has been having behavior issues.




Case 1: The Case of Emily;Your newest client is 6-year-old Emily who was referred to you by her pediatric psychologist;because she has been having behavior issues. Her parents tell you that her challenges started;when she started first grade. She told her parents that she did not want to go to school;because it was not fun anymore. Initially she was just reluctant to go but now she is having;screaming tantrums in which she cries and bangs her head on the floor. At the same time that;the tantrums started occurring, Emily also began to refuse to sleep in her own bed, she would;only fall asleep if she was in her parents' bed. Sometimes, Emily's parents would wait until she;fell asleep and then carry her back to her own room. However, Emily often would wake up;and then cry and scream and wake the entire family. Both parents feel tired and frustrated;and have now resigned themselves to allowing Emily to sleep in their room. Her parents have;been very concerned about these outbursts and initially let her stay home from school while;they tried to figure out what was bothering her. A meeting with Emily's teacher revealed that;she generally behaves well at school and her basic academic skills appear to be at grade;level. As a behavior analyst, you need to decide what to do to help Emily and her family.;Case 2: The Case of Mr. Smith;Mr. Smith just walked into your office because he is having problems at work and he needs the;help of a behavior analyst. Mr. Smith owns a company that manufactures custom figure;skates. It is a small company with 30 employees who are all trained to do the highly;specialized work it takes to make these skates. For the last year absenteeism has become a;big problem. In fact, so many employees are absent so often that the company has not been;able to keep up with their productivity in order to meet important deadlines. This has;threatened the health of the company. Mr. Smith first tried offering coffee and donuts in the;morning to show his employees that they were highly valued. This did not change anything. He;also held a meeting and explained to everyone that if the absenteeism continued and their;productivity continues to drop the factory may have to close down permanently. This made;the absenteeism worse. So Mr. Smith has come to your office hoping you can help him with his;employees.


Paper#22375 | Written in 18-Jul-2015

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