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Behavior Chart
For Child Care providers
Type: For Child Care providers   Skills: Social & Emotional Skills
When young children show some signs of ADD or ADHD, managing their behavior can be challenging. Keeping a behavior chart where you can document the child’s progress and provide daily and weekly rewards for their successes has proven to be very successful in managing many of the challenging behaviors that can accompany ADD and ADHD. Behavior Chart
What We Learn
A behavior chart can help motivate children to manage their challenging behaviors
Reinforce children’s positive behavior
Children will become more self-aware and express appropriate behavior
Supply List
Paper
Marker
Stickers
Daily & weekly rewards
How-To
Take a regular piece of paper and use a marker to write the days of the week horizontally across the top of the paper.

Down the left side of the paper, write the names of the three behaviors you’ve chosen to measure your child’s success in managing his or her behavior. Choose no more than three behaviors so that you don’t overwhelm your child.

To complete the chart, draw vertical and horizontal lines delineating the 7 columns of days and 3 rows of behaviors. Hang the chart at eye level for your child in an area where he or she can see it everyday.

For the first behavior, pick something that you know your child has no problem successfully doing everyday, such as getting dressed in the morning.

Next, pick a second behavior that’s perhaps a bit more challenging for your child, but still something he or she is able to accomplish most of the time. For example, you may choose brushing your teeth after breakfast as your second behavior.

The final behavior is the behavior that you really want your child to work on – what we call the “target” behavior. For example, if your child impulsively hits others, then you might want to choose “no hitting” as the final desired behavior.

Each time your child successfully demonstrates that behavior, reward your child with a sticker that gets placed on the chart in the appropriate box for that behavior. It will help reinforce their personal accomplishment if you give the sticker to your child so he or she can place the sticker on the chart themselves.

If your child successfully demonstrates all three positive behaviors, then acknowledge their accomplishment. Reinforce their positive behavior by giving your child a small reward at the end of the day. The daily reward should be something small that doesn’t cost a lot of money, but still motivates your child.

You can also give a weekly reward if your child successfully demonstrates all the behaviors every day of the week (or 5 or 6 days of the week). The weekly reward should be something slightly more substantial, but still inexpensive, such as being able to choose a video they have always wanted to rent.

Keeping a behavior chart has proven to be very successful in helping children manage their behavior. The chart is a way for children to create awareness for themselves so that they’re able to focus a little more clearly on the more appropriate behavior that’s expected. Eventually, the challenging behaviors will begin to diminish, which is the ultimate goal.
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