One of the things I utilize when working with children to modify behaviors is a behavior chart. I love behavior charts, and have had success with them both professionally and personally with my own children. As with all behavioral interventions, charts are not necessarily effective for all children. The document below explains behavior charts and gives an example.
Use behavior charts in addition to other behavioral interventions (time-out, time-in, take-away) to modify behaviors. Key points to remember when using behavior charts:
Lastly, a child needs to be taught coping skills, as well as how to behave, and this education usually must happen repeatedly over time for the child to integrate the skills into her/his behavioral repertoire. (Don't expect your child's behavior to change quickly.) A child who does not know how else to behave, will continue to behave in the same manner, even if s/he knows the behavior is inappropriate. Have conversations with your child about alternative ways to respond to situations. Better yet, role-play with your child (you can incorporate toys) alternative ways to respond to situations.
Feel free to e-mail me with questions about using behavior charts!
- Erica Daniels