Discussions about child behavior, while valuable, can become generalizations about behavior change, rather than discussing the specifics about individualized tools to change behavior. It begs the question “what behavior change tools are out there?”
Token Economy System For Kids
Fundamentally a Token Economy is a form of behavior modification whereby tokens are rewarded for appropriate behavior and the tokens may be cashed in for valued rewards. It can be a great way to improve behavior… positively!
Reward Charts for Children
Fundamentally reward charts for children are a tool for behavior management or behavior modification whereby a child is awarded stickers or other rewards for behaving well. Why are our reward charts unique and so powerfully effective?
The Effectiveness of a Behavior Contract
A behavior contract can play a very effective role in any reward plan (along with reward charts and a token economy). They can be be a useful behavior modification tool when other methods aren’t working so well, and can give your child a sense of being involved in a serious, grown-up process.
Chore Charts For Kids
Using chore charts not only allows for our kids to learn the responsibilities involved in running a household, it allows them to contribute to their fair share of the household chores and teaches them the importance of managing their own responsibilities
Timeout For Children
It seems that the use of timeout for disciplining children has become an “in vogue” parenting method, particularly over the last five to ten years. Actually I believe that the timeout method has been with us for much, much longer.
Observational Learning takes place automatically. Good or bad, children will learn from the example they witness, particularly from those closest to them. As a parent, your behavior will be the most influential example your child has, particularly while they are younger. Make it a good, strong and positive example.
Effective Positive Reinforcement
The strategy of positive reinforcement is simply to utilize the associations children learn between behaviors and consequences to shape behavior. We provide our children with pleasant consequences for engaging in desired behavior.
Rewarding Children Vs Bribing Children
It’s useful to think of bribing children as essentially rewarding them for something BEFORE they have delivered. While rewarding children should be based on your child being rewarded AFTER they have met their obligations.
Behavior Modification Techniques
Behavior modification is an easy concept to grasp, but it tends to be much more difficult to actually put the techniques into practice. Examples of behavior modification techniques include timeout, positive reinforcement, modeling, positive discipline and loss of privileges.