This program can be easily used in the home (recommended to parents) or even in your classroom. All you will need are popsicle sticks and a jar. The remaining information can be printed from this document and adapted to your child or class.
Goal: To create a positive reinforcement and goal setting system for your child at home.
Logic behind why it works:
➢ Children respond better to ownership in rewards systems.
➢ Positive Reinforcement supports what your child is doing or has done correctly rather than putting the attention on what he/she did wrong or incorrectly. By doing such, you are substantially increasing the likelihood that he/she will display the positive behavior in the future.
➢ Have your tried taking away everything from your child and yet his/her behaviors continue and even sometimes worsen? In this system children do not lose anything, which could affect their self-confidence and “buy-in” to the system but rather are unable to obtain a reinforcer (popsicle payment) through their behaviors. By doing such, your child will begin to recognize the value of his/her positive behaviors. This system allows you to get away from you “being the bad guy/girl” and puts the power of reward on your child.
➢ Children who set goals learn how to plan and prioritize how to obtain things they want. They are more likely to focus on what they want and show effort to obtain these wishes. Goal setting increases self-esteem and confidence.