The effectiveness of star charts

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The effectiveness of star charts

Star charts can go either way. I think that they could be really useful. I have a lot of training in behavioral modification and token economies, and I think they could be really useful. The hardest part about them is follow through. Often times, parents will start a star chart, and then it just falls to the wayside within a couple of weeks. The other thing that really stagnates them, is not having a really good reward system. You have to have the buy in from your child, if they are not interested in the reward, like, "Here is a pencil if you follow through with what I want you to do; 15 stars for the pencil." They are not going to be that interested. You've got to make it interesting for them, and then you get their buy in. You have to make sure that it doesn't become consuming to the family, as well.

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Chris Fulton, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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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