Importance of obtainable rewards for kids

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Importance of obtainable rewards for kids

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The goals and the rewards of a token economy have to be attainable for the child to be able to succeed. So you want to start small. If you're trying to eradicate a behavior, you can't expect a 100% perfection immediately. You're going to have to start small to where they eliminate it, maybe a little bit at a time, so they can maintain those goals. And then you can tighten it up as you go so that - It's a gradient. So today, they may only have a tantrum, 2 out of 3 times that they had an incident. And then you keep on tightening it up so that they are able to achieve the goal. They have to be able to succeed.

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Lisa Gonsalves, MA

Behavior Therapist

In her career in youth development, Lisa Gonsalves, MA, has served youth populations across the globe over the past 25 years. Her professional experience includes creating, developing, and administering a variety of programs, development systems, and methods for young people as coordinator, counselor, and instructor for ages four through 24.  The various youth populations she has served include school age children with behavioral or mental heath diagnoses, urban and rural at-risk adolescents, foreign students, gay youth, socio-economically underprivileged, and middle class youth. She has a master’s degree in Social Policy for Youth Services.

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