ADOLESCENCE is rough!
I decided to try and make a change in the way we parent and reward Aiden. If you know me you will know I will do anything I can to see my child succeed in life. We started this Autism journey many moons ago (2010) and everyday is a learning process! Our visual chart is basically a Token Board. “Token Boards and Reinforcers are a key element in any intervention program as they lay a foundation for motivating children to learn and acquire new skills and language. Token Boards help students understand how to wait for a reward for work well done.”
A little background to our life NOW…… Aiden is 9 1/2 and is into age appropriate interests (thank goodness). He LOVES Star Wars, Super Hero’s (DC Comics and Marvel) and Legos! We got him a PlayStation last Christmas (2015) and since then I have completely dreaded the damn thing! Children in general love electronics, but children on the Spectrum seem addicted and obsessed. These are my exact feelings.. I have had enough, so I am hoping to turn it back into something that can help him. I want him to think about his own behavior ALL THE TIME. We were at a point where he would only be sweet, loving, kind, well mannered and well behaved if he knew it was to “EARN” PlayStation time. Once he either got off, it taken away or had nothing to work for his behavior was bad. He will hit his brother, talk back, slam doors and cry……. cry a lot.
I spoke with a good friend as well as a past teacher of Aiden’s to help me come up with this chart.
This chart has helped a lot as it does remind him that he should always be kind and to complain less. The hardest part is keeping up with the physical tickets. So we have gotten away from those and they are more pretend tickets that we keep track of. The holidays have been rough so we also have a chore chart he can check off at home.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to pass them my way! Needs to be backed by some real knowledge, please. I don’t want to hear, “kids will be kids” I get enough of that in my life already from people.
Feel free to edit use this chart!