This blog was written by Erin Taylor, Clinic Manager, and Elisabeth Furlong, Registered Behavior Technician at Applied Behavioral Services in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Elisabeth Furlong, a Registered Behavior Technician, started using a token economy at home with her son to motivate him to complete his chores. His chores consist of helping with vacuuming, dusting, picking up his toys and clutter around the house and yard work with the help of a 10-star token economy board.
“My son loves playing on the iPad and getting a new game to play is extremely motivating for him. We decided that each chore he helps us with is worth 1/2 of a star. Once he earns 10 stars, he can pick a new game. This guides him to take more initiative around the house and be more helpful, but also teaches him the value of working for rewards.”
When using token economy boards and principles, consistency is key for your child’s success. For example, praise your child when they earn tokens and be prompt with rewards. This positive reinforcement can help reinforce desired behaviors, making daily routines smoother and more enjoyable for both you and your child. There are tons of ways to incorporate token economies into life at home making it easier for your child to visualize their goals and to motivate them to earn stars for items they love.
Read more about how to set up a Token Economy at home here.