To encourage positive behaviour and especially to make sure it continues, making a reward chart is a great and fun way to make a child feel special and that they are being recognised for their efforts. You can make a rewards chart for any behaviour or new skill you want to acknowledge or want your child to continue or by assisting with an area that has been challenging for the child as a way of encouraging them to become successful. Here are ideas for behaviours and new skills you can reward and using the chart for the best results..............
- toilet training
- brushing their teeth
- getting dressed on their own
- putting on their own shoes
- learning to tie laces
- completing household chores (setting the table, feeding the pets, putting their dirty washing in the wash basket)
- listening well when asked to do things
- tidying up their toys or room
- being a big helper for mummy and daddy
- Choose one specific behaviour that your child can easily achieve to begin with.
- Using stickers is easiest, you can use stars or any sticker of your choice.
- Give a reward sticker every time the behaviour occurs- your child will quickly learn what is expected of them to receive more stickers.
- When giving the child the sticker to put on, make sure you give them lots of praise, big hugs, say "well done, great job, your a star", give a high 5. Make the child feel very encouraged so they will want to repeat this behaviour.
- The sticker must be done immediately after the behaviour has occurred, if you wait with a delay it wont be as effective. This will make a difference to the success of the chart and continuing the behaviour.
- Acknowledge verbally what your child has done- "Well done, this sticker is because you listened so well when I asked you to pack your toys away, thank you".
- NEVER remove a sticker as punishment, never ever. Once the sticker is on, it stays.
- Constantly give encouragement and praise for their efforts. If your walking past the chart, comment to your child how well they are doing and be excited about all the stickers you can see so far.
- Encourage your child to be proud of themselves as well. Ask them "what are all these stickers for, you tell me?" Hopefully they shout out with excitement "because I did wees on the toilet all by myself". If they aren't sure, make sure you tell them again what they have been doing so well at.
- You will be able to see your child progress by looking at the chart, once you can see this behaviour is being achieved constantly, then you can talk with your child to see if they would like to now choose another goal.
- The biggest goal for the parent is to continue to praise and encourage your child.
For example- once they get 20 stickers they can hire out their choice of DVD from the video store or choose what they would like for dinner one night or get a gold coin for their money box or to spend at the cheap store or have a day at the park or you may buy them a little toy.
Another way is to give lots of little rewards and then a big one at the end. For example- every 10 stickers they get a colouring in book and then after 50 stickers they get to choose a little gift from the discount store or get their favourite reading book.
You can make your own rewards charts or pictured is one all ready to go which you can purchased in a pad of 52.