Setting up and using a star chart

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Setting up and using a star chart

In setting up a star chart, you first have to identify the three to five behaviors that you want to change. We call them target behaviors. Let's say you are doing a morning routine and you are having your child do some of the things you want them to do in the morning. Let's say, cleaning up your room, making your bed, eating breakfast, getting dressed, and getting your backpack together. Choose about four behaviors. What you do is you have the beginning of the week and you have four times five or twenty opportunities to earn a star. At the end of each day, you go with your child and say, "Okay. Did you earn this star on each one of these behaviors?" They fill it in because they like to do that. At the end of each week, do about a 70 percent success rate. When they get 70 percent of the twenty stars and get a reward. It keeps their buy-in. Then you make it a little bit difficult each week. You take it to 80 percent and then 90 percent because you want to keep increasing that cooperative behavior.

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Chris Fulton, PhD

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Dr. Christopher Fulton is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over ten years. He received his doctorate in 1994 from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Fulton has clinical training and experience in a variety of settings, and also has administrative, teaching, supervision, consulting, research and psychological testing experience. Dr. Fulton provides consultation and ongoing therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He conducts group, individual, couples and family therapy and actively works with a variety of childhood disorders, including: adjustment disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant and other emotional-behavioral disorders. Among his most frequent areas of concentration is divorce, for which Dr. Fulton offers therapy for all involved.

Utilizing research-supported methods in treatment, Dr. Fulton's approach to therapy involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, family systems and interpersonal interventions. In his work with children, Dr. Fulton involves parents and assists them in developing appropriate responses to their children, since he believes that ultimately the parent will make the most significant impact on the child. Dr. Fulton helps parents establish appropriate boundaries, communication and methods of discipline in order to increase positive relationships with their children.

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