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    Tool 11 … Reward systems

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    A summary of ideas for discussion

     

    • Rewards are helpful as part of the process of reinforcing good routines and learning expected behaviours.
       
    • The suggestion here is to not go overboard with rewards. Eventually when a child normally meets a reasonable expectation, a friendly smile, a firm thank you or a little affirming story will be enough to let your child know they are on track. With this in mind, use rewards wisely.
       
    • Soft rewards ~ hard rewards ~ services ~ privileges ~ cumulative rewards.
       
    • This is an S9 tool
       

There are no rewards or punishments …
only consequences.
‣‣‣ William Ralph

Don’t go overboard with rewards.

Eventually when a child normally meets a reasonable expectation, a friendly smile and firm thank you or a little affirming story (See Tool #22 Descriptive Recognition) will be enough to let your child know they are on track. With this in mind, use rewards wisely.

There are five different sorts of rewards:

Soft rewards

  • word stories of encouragement that describe what it is that is helpful and healthy and how you are thinking/feeling
  • a hug
  • a heartfelt thank you
  • a two thumbs up
  • a smile
  • any 'sign language' gesture you invent with a child to use when you catch them doing something right
  • others?

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