College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Read My Fingertips: A Procedure for Enhancing the Effectiveness of Time-Out with Argumentative Children

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1996

Publication Title

Child and Family Behavior Therapy

ISSN

0731-7107

Volume

18

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

Commonly occurring problems in implementing time-out are described together with a procedure for improving the effectiveness of time-out with verbally noncompliant children. The “Read My Fingertips” procedure is intended to reduce arguments and decrease aversive interactions between parents and their children during time-out. This procedure involves counting on one's fingertips each time a word is spoken by the child and equating the number of fingers counted with additional minutes in time-out. It is hoped that this procedure will facilitate the use of time-out with verbally non-compliant children.

DOI

10.1300/J019v18n02_05

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