Whether the child is a preschooler or a high schooler, ADHD can present some significant behavioral challenges at home and at school. Recent research shows that behavior charts offer a great resource for kids, parents, and teachers managing the symptoms of ADHD.
Charts can be a great way to encourage proper home and classroom behavior, but it’s important not to overwhelm young children with too many goals.
- Print out the chart in color. Pictures will help the child stay focused.
- Clearly label the child’s reward. It may also help to include a picture of the reward. Be sure to set a goal for the number of stickers required to receive the reward.
- For each day of the week, give the child a sticker if he or she has demonstrated the desired behavior. Provide verbal praise too.
- At the end of the week, check whether the child has received the appropriate number of stickers. If the child has received enough stickers, present the goal.
When using behavior charts with kids who have ADHD, keep the following tips in mind:
- Keep it simple. A chart that is too wordy may be difficult for your child to follow.
- Decide on a reward. Choose a reward that is motivating.
- Keep it positive. For the greatest success, the goals on the behavior chart need to be phrased in a positive manner. Stay away from words like “doesn’t” or “not.”
- Be consistent. Consistency is the key to success of using behavior charts. If you expect the child to follow through, you need to follow through as well.
- Expect some push-back. Keep in mind that your child may really test you when you first begin using behavior charts. However, the positive nature of these charts will soon win.
- Keep it age appropriate. Make sure your expectations are reasonable and that you’re using a chart that’s appropriate for the child’s developmental level.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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