Friday, February 13, 2009
Paying Your Child to Behave: Part 2
This idea was borne from the new feeding plan. Spencer's feeding therapist and ABA therapist helped me devise it for Logan. This is the beauty of having two special needs kids; you have a lot of brains to pick. Hey, did I just say, "beauty of having two special needs kids?" Whoa.
Anyway, the whole idea is this: Logan is only 5 years old. Putting money in a piggy bank means that he doesn't have any clue how much is in there so he doesn't know how close he is to going shopping or how hard he has to work to get more money in the bank.
So they suggested that all the money should be visible to him and this makes a lot of sense. The ABA therapist said why not put them on the wall with velcro? Great idea! Also great would be to put them in various parts of the apartment. My husband is terrible at giving him quarters. I believe it is partly because he must leave the room, find the quarters and bank and then put it in but if I put the velcro quarters and "dollar bars" in every room it will be easy for Kai or I to give him quarters and take them away too.
So far what I do know about the pay-for-good-behavior plan is that it has given him pride and he has been excited to get money and very upset when money was taken away. I think when he is older, we can still continue the plan but get a piggy bank that counts money automatically and displays it on a screen.
Anyway, to make these things, I went to Staples and laminated a whole bunch of "dollar bars" and quarters (an image pilfered from the web). I used colored papers for the dollar bars to make it more eye-catching. I used the cutter at the store too. It's better than a scissor. I really believe this new system is going to be more helpful to Logan and Kai and me. Wish us luck. I'll let you know how it goes and if you want my templates, email me and I'll send them to you. Lamination cost about 20 dollars butI am getting the velcro from a friend so I don't know the cost of that.