7 easy tips for using reward charts

Posted by / Thursday 06 October 2016 / Behaviour Parenting Tips
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Reward charts are a simple way for you to encourage your child to learn new skills and/or tackle their challenging behaviours, such as following instructions or sharing.

Basically children are rewarded with stickers, ticks or smiley faces for achieving the positive behaviours and/or tasks. In addition it supports you the parent to focus and praise positive behaviours within your family.

Emma from our Norfolk services gives her top tips for setting up a reward chart.


1. Be specific 

Make sure that your child understands the appropriate behaviour. If you are not clear, your child is unlikely to be successful.

2. Ensure that the steps for success are small.

An impossible task is not a rewarding one - however don’t make it too easy, you should think "is this achievable?"


3. Don’t have too many things 

You should just choose 1 or 2 things for your child to focus on.

4. Focus on positive behaviours

Turn the negative into a positive as it’s the positive behaviour that you want to reward.

5. Reward everyday achievements

This helps to keep your child engaged. These can include putting their shoes away after school, packing away one game before getting out another.


6. Be clear and specific about rewards

Make sure both you and your child agree the rewards. Also it’s ok to offer a choice of rewards e.g. two different types of sticker or the choice between extra play time or story time.

7. Don’t break the bank

Rewards can be free, for example, extra play time or additional story time.

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