Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool that uses positive reinforcement to make meaningful behavior change?
Token boards do just that. They reward desired behaviors, with a series of “tokens,” which the child can then exchange for something valuable.
However, before you implement a token economy system, you need to ensure that the child understands that “tokens” represent good things to come.
Since tokens initially may not be meaningful. It is important to pair them with another highly preferred item. Through that pairing process, the child learns that tokens are powerful items and signal when a preferred item or activity will be available.
When first introducing a token board you may want to start by using the one spot token board. This will allow the child to encounter reinforcement quickly in the beginning.
If the child you are working with already understands the value of tokens, then one of the multi-spot token boards may be a better option.
Don’t forget to deliver positive praise when presenting a token. This will ensure that praise becomes reinforcing as well.
If the token board doesn’t seem to be effective, try one with less spots, or present a new selection of reinforcers to choose from.
My new token board visual supports are designed to fit on top of a 4×6 photo keeper box allowing you to store the reinforcer icons and spare tokens inside.
There are 10 different sets to choose from. Get your favorite token board themed set by clicking on the pictures below.
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