The A-Word, Part 53: Response Cost & The Library

In this episode, Jack Riley is working on having a calm body instead of a silly body. A silly body is when he tenses, and runs up and bumps into others. His therapists have started using a Response Cost where they begin session stating the rule that he has x-amount of smiley’s, and if he tenses or rushes into others he loses a smiley. If he loses all of his smiley’s he will not gain his special reward, which he only gets for completing the response cost successfully. In addition when he loses a smiley face he can not gain them back. The Response Cost is suppose to help Jack Riley learn how to self regulate and to use other ways of showing when he is anger or upset like functional language instead of tensing up.