Tips for reinforcing positive behavior in kids

Lisa Gonsalves, MA Behavior Therapist, shares advice for parents on effective methods to reinforce positive behavior in their children
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Tips for reinforcing positive behavior in kids

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A token economy can be useful for any child. But where most children or the typical child, you can correct their behavior with a negative consequence, some children may need a little more motivation. A child that is oppositional defiant maybe is hyperactive or has bad habits that are entrenched because they have been useful for them, then you want to use a token economy so that you can systematically reward them for the behaviors that you want them to gain. They are able to challenge themselves and they are able to overcome that challenge with a reward, so they really gain something. It is the parent partnering with the child and working with them to overcome the bad habit.

Lisa Gonsalves, MA Behavior Therapist, shares advice for parents on effective methods to reinforce positive behavior in their children

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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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