Token Boards Reimagined: Alternatives to the standard token board
A token economy is a reinforcement strategy used to help increase a desired behavior. These tokens are given to the child when the desired behavior is seen. After accumulating the designated number of tokens, they can be exchanged for a larger reward. A token board is a visual reminder to show the progress. Typically, this looks like stickers or Velcro pieces on a piece of paper.
However, if you don’t have access to the standard token board or are looking for a fun way to use tokens, here are some different ideas:
- Coins or printed bills
- This can be a practical way to teach your child about spending money. Give your child money as tokens which they can later use to buy a larger reward!
- Pompoms in a jar
- The child can collect pompoms as tokens and once the jar is full, they will get their reward.
- The bigger the jar, the more pompoms they will need!
- Individual pieces of a puzzle act as the tokens. Once they have finished the puzzle, they have reached their goal!
- Each time a child gets a piece, they can build a predetermined structure!
- Have a picture or a model of the final structure so they can see the final product.
- iPad/tablet app
- If your child is motivated by screens, using an app that visually displays a board could be effective.
Token economies can also be fun and creative! Try them out and let us know which one your child loves!
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