Assessing and Treating Patterns of Unwanted Behavior Maintained By Negative Reinforcement in Preschoolers: Eating, Sleeping, and Pooping, Oh My!

CEUs: 2 Learning BACB®
Presenter(s): Jamie Waldvoegal, BCBA


Behavior analysts are uniquely trained to assess and address patterns of unwanted behavior maintained by negative reinforcement. Children are super efficient at using their behavior to delay, avoid, “control” (as parents and laypersons call it), or get out of non-preferred or difficult tasks. The answer to resolve the issues of potty training, sleeping, and bedtime MUST include plans to capitalize on negative reinforcement to strengthen participation, persistence, and cooperation in children as early as 2 years old and through adolescence.

At the end of this training, participants will:

  • List at least 3 skills to teach children to prevent or replace unwanted patterns of behavior maintained by negative reinforcement.
  • Explain how to assess unwanted patterns of behavior maintained by negative reinforcement.
  • Develop a plan informed by an assessment of a client’s unwanted behaviors to address patterns of unwanted behavior maintained by negative reinforcement.
  • Use common language to describe to parents and laypersons the process of assessing and treating patterns of unwanted behavior.
  • Use assessment information provided to develop a plan to address a child’s severe constipation that has resulted from said child “refusing to poop on the toilet.”
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Single On-Demand


Intervention, Sleeping, Toileting

Course Presenter

Jamie Waldvoegal, BCBA


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Jamie Waldvoegal, BCBA

Jamie founded Behave Your Best in 2011 when she realized that her experience in behavior analysis enabled her to parent with skills not every parent had access to. Her background uniquely positions her to train parents with the tools to parent effectively and without drama.

Watching her skills work in real time at home as well as in the lives of the many families she serves sparked a passion in Jamie to empower this generation of parents. She wants to see parents develop behavioral parenting strategies so they can overcome “normal” unwanted behavior before it gets “bad enough” to warrant further intervention. Jamie believes that with the right tools, all parents can enjoy their child’s behavior!


  • BS, Psychology, Emphasis in Behavior Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • MS, Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Southern Illinois University
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2003
  • Contracted by parents, preschools, school districts, and counties to provide behavioral consulting and coaching since 2011