We are always talking about what you should be doing when it comes to behavior change, but now let’s flip the script. When using a function based approach, there are certain strategies or interventions that could actually make the behavior worse. For attention maintained behaviors, long lectures, threats, verbal reprimands and frequent redirection are not what you should be doing. For escape maintained behaviors, avoid time out, calm down area, and ‘waiting it out.’ In these scenarios, you are giving the student what they want in exchange for negative behaviors.