Do you know a child or student who is easily frustrated when work demands seem too hard?
Behavioral Momentum Cue Cards are a visual support tool, which can be used to gain compliance and build momentum. These cards provide children with a series of easy questions to answer before asking them to complete a difficult task. Use these cards to give quick positive reinforcement, when introducing a difficult task, or as a filler activity.
These cue cards are designed to be stacked, therefore each card in a set is slightly bigger than the next. This feature makes it easier to flip through a set to find the card you need.
Have you ever printed on sticky notes before? Let me tell you; it is LIFE CHANGING. Just pop the sticky notes onto a template to ensure they are aligned, and then send it back through the printer allowing the image to transfer directly to the post-it instead of the printed page. Why am I telling you this? Well, I decided to wrap up teacher appreciation week with a FREE printable to help you give your students (or children) behavior-specific praise. Did you know that behavior-specific praise happens to be one of the CHEAPEST and MOST EFFECTIVE strategies in your positive reinforcement toolbox? Do you find that saying "good job" all the time feels dull and insincere? All you need are three key components (child's name + positive statement + observed behavior = behavior-specific praise). These easy-to-use sticky notes can help you step up your praise game!I have a few more sticky note printables in the works (think easy data collection and checklists). What other types of templates would you want to see on a post-it note?Visit my blog for more information and to grab the link to the FREE Behavior-Specific Praise Sticky Note Printable. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday, I shared a graphic about the importance of increasing the delivery of positive praise using the 4:1 ratio. You may be thinking, "Yeah, that sounds great (in theory), but HOW do I actually implement this strategy?"As it turns out, plans, visuals, and data collection work for adults too. One of the best ways to know if you are doing too much or too little of something is through a self-monitoring system. Begin by making a plan. Think of positive alternative behaviors that you want to listen or look for, such as using an inside voice in place of yelling. Then, decide on a time frame. It is difficult to remember to be looking for those positive alternative behaviors throughout the course of an entire day. Instead, start small. Pick a window of time where you can give your undivided attention to providing positive praise. Self-monitor your own behavior by tracking the number of praise vs. corrective statements you make during the given time frame. I like using color-coded rubber bands as a visual prompt.Finally, pair the praise with a tangible item (if applicable.) Challenge yourself to use the 4:1 ratio for an hour tomorrow and see how positively reinforcing it is for YOU and YOUR CHILD. ... See MoreSee Less
Do you use the 4:1 (or 5:1) ratio when giving positive praise?The idea behind this method is that to effectively change behavior, you should provide praise four times more frequently than a correction. On an average day, children encounter at least one hundred behavior-based instructions. Put that away.Come over here.Make sure you finish _____.Adults tend to notice a child's "incorrect" behavior more often than desired behavior, which results in providing a higher rate of corrections. After a long hard day, it can be difficult to see the positive. Work on filling one "positive praise balloon" at a time, slowly building the collection to epic proportions. The bigger the bunch, the smaller the impact if one or two balloons POP along the way. ... See MoreSee Less
Inclusion matters! Children have faced some insurmountable challenges over the last year, especially regarding education and social-emotional wellbeing. There are many barriers that educators and children are continuing to face, including increased pressure to meet standards and now the added push "to make up for lost time." More and more, I am noticing a decrease in the things that make a classroom accessible to all students: less flexibility, new standards-based measures, and the desire for sameness among children. Let's not forget that we are all a little different, and it is important to embrace unique qualities in others. If a student is unable to complete a worksheet, is there another way for them to show competency with the skill? If a student is afraid to share in front of the group, can they pre-record their presentation instead? If a student struggles with social communication, have we taught their peers how to approach and interact?It is essential, now more than ever, that every child feels a sense of belonging among their peers, school staff, family, and friends. Challenge yourself to be one of the packs that include everyone. ... See MoreSee Less
One of my favorite BCBAs needs your help with her dissertation research! If you are interested in behavior analysis and want to participate in a free training opportunity, click on the post below! ... See MoreSee Less