Token economies for teens

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Token economies for teens

A token economy system will work with children from three years old through their teens. The younger kids, you want it to be visual and bright and fun and really tune into their personalities and what motivates them. For teenagers, it could be a simple calendar with an X or a plus or a minus. Money is a good motivator for teenagers, so it could be tied into their allowance. Time spent together, if they want something special, an event, something like that can work for teenagers, but, of course, you are going to have to be a little more adult with your system.

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Lisa Gonsalves, MA

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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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