Reward plans are great. Used with respect and consistency, a good reward plan can be highly effective in targeting and eliminating problem behaviors. A reward plan can include reward charts, token economy, behavior contracts, rewards, stickers, certificates, tokens, tickets, and so on… As long as it is a structured and observable, you can really use … Read More
Tools to Change Behavior
When child behavior experts speak about changing behavior, often they lapse into a philosophical discussion about modifying behavior. At times these discussions, while valuable, can become generalizations about behavior change, rather than discussing the specifics about individualized tools to change behavior.
Many parents that I speak with "get" why behavior modification is important, they understand many of the principles involved, they recognize that there are healthy as well as unhealthy ways to go about it, and they can see how positive behavior change can benefit their children and themselves.
Sometimes when parents are searching for a solution for their child's bad or inappropriate behavior they can get so caught up in the various arguments and counterarguments about parenting methods, techniques and tips that you can almost hear them crying out:
"I just want to know what tools are out there to help me change my child's behavior?"
Effective tools to help change behavior
Any information and knowledge that can make you a better parent is fantastic, but sometimes parents have heard enough and just want a tangible product or tools for behavior change, that they can start using right away.
The tools and strategies for behavior change that I have used successfully with my children include reward charts, behavior contracts, token economy, sticker charts, lucky dip rewards, and "I Did It!" certificates. While I sell some of these fantastic ready-to-go products on this website, with a bit of creativity, materials and effort you can make your own easily enough. Or you can get some of our great free reward charts here.
You can check out the articles below for further ideas on tools to change behavior.
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Choosing rewards for kids is as important as choosing the behaviors or goals for the reward chart. The reward on offer needs to provide the necessary motivation. The following is a list of reward suggestions only, and is limited only by your imagination.
If you take notice of the principles involved, using a reward chart is super easy. Here are some more hints to get the best out of using reward charts.
One of the great advantages of using a reward chart is that they are very flexible in their use. In fact there are innumerable situations that you can effectively use reward charts for.
Using a reward chart is a proven, effective, and enjoyable way to help your child improve his or her behavior and to give both your child and you, some level of control over the process.
There are many rules that may be followed in order to allow for the best opportunity of success, but there are three very important principles that underlie the successful use of reward charts.