School is one of the places that Jonah can be the naughtiest. He's had some great teachers over the years...maybe some that weren't as great for him, but this year he has a teacher that totally gets him. The behavior strategy she uses in her class is to reward the students with money. She "catches" the students doing positive things and gives them a "buck." At the end of the week, they go to the class store to spend their "money."
But the day came that Jonah was no longer interested in this game. He realized the stuff in the store were lame, and he kind of liked the attention he got by misbehaving. There lies the problem...how to inspire him to want to behave. We needed a new plan...
Decision Dollars. The idea being that he would make good decisions and earn a special Decision Dollar. This worked for about a week. Occasionally, he will come home with one...but not often enough. We have told him that Decision Dollars can be turned in for a reward like an app on his Kindle, or his iTouch...or even a special food from the grocery store. Again, this has gotten mixed results for him. When he wants it, he tries...when he doesn't
care, well, he doesn't care!
After looking around forever, it seemed like, I decided that I would fall back on some of the things I've learned through all of Ethan's therapies. When he was younger, we would have colored cards to place on his desk...red meant "stop what you're doing!" So I created this sign... "STOP, What are you doing? What should you be doing?" Would this help Jonah? I don't know, but i'm certainly going to show it to his teacher and see what she thinks. Maybe we could tape this sign to his desk, help him remember!
Are there any teachers out there that have great behavior strategies? I would love to know what other teachers do when there is a child not behaving, especially something creative! And if anyone is interested in these signs...just let me know and I will send it to you!