Episode 34: Timeout Revisited – Dealing with Challenging Kids Part 2

MichaelDevelopment, Learning/Memory5 Comments

Here’s the second part of my episode on alternatives to timeout. In this part of the interview, Dr. Ablon discusses Plan B in more detail. How do you work with your child to come up with solutions that satisfy both your and his or her needs?

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In case you didn’t catch part 1 of this episode on alternatives to timeout, here’s the link:

  • Part 1 of the interview on timeout revisited.

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5 Comments on “Episode 34: Timeout Revisited – Dealing with Challenging Kids Part 2”

  1. HI Michael,

    Thank you for explaining to me to understand the terms punishment and reinforcement. I understand the theme on learning much better now.

    Best wishes,

  2. Jenny,

    Thanks for your positive comments. I’m glad you’re finding useful info here. To answer your questions:

    1) This would be an example of positive punishment. A punishment is being applied (scolding) with the goal of getting the child to stop a behavior (playing with fire).

    2) This would be an example of negative reinforcement. You’re doing a behavior (taking medication) in order to take away something negative (headache).

    Thanks again,


  3. Hello Sir,

    I would like to thank you sincerely for setting up thepsychfiles which is a creative and educational website. As a student studying Psychology, I enjoy listening to your podcasts especially the ones that teach me how to memorise the parts of the brain and Erikson’s eight stages.

    I need your help on Operant conditioning. Are the following cases positive/negative punishments or reinforcements?

    1. When a parent scolds a child for playing with fire.
    2. You take some medication for your headache.

    Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you =)

    Best wishes,

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