looking for cheap rewards

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7, having difficulty in 2nd grade (may be an understatement) and I need ideas to reward her that don't cost anything. Right now she gets some comp game time and dollar tree trips. Any ideas welcome! Background: my daughter has ADHD and Aspergers syndrome, is a lil immature for her age but TALL. Thanks!

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Susan - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son is 5 and has a hard time from swiching from one activity to the next. At school he gets a puzzle pice everytime he compleats his tasks and moves on to the next.He puts the puzzle together that way trough the day and if he gets it all done he gets a small present. The toys are from Orental tradeing catalog and are cheep toys he plays with for a day and then forgets about but having a goal has worked.

Benita - posted on 01/06/2010

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Sounds obvious but it works for my boy, in class he has the opportunity to earn two star stickers a day just for being a good worker and doing things appropriately, at the end of his day in front of everyone ( everyone in his class participates in the star program) the kids are given their stars- his teacher will say did christian do good work\made good choices this morning/afternoon? and wait for him to respond and agree or disagree with his statement ( with examples if to the contrary) and then she will say two stars for your good work or one star because you had a great afternoon but this morning you could have made better choices . then the rest of the class. often through the day or at home time (in front of me), she will say to him ' you have seven stars only three more to go..' and such to motivate him. when he reaches ten they have a box with little presents/toys and he can choose 1 to keep( things like matchbox cars, puzzles, accessories, games, books, little toys) of course he has issues with choosingand consequences for bad choices, but this will help him to to prepare for making decisions and choices for the rest of his life. None of the children tire of the prize box because it is always something different and i believe this method helps him to understand life is about choices and decisions and sticking to them and making the right ones is rewarding and worthwhile. If covering for the prizes is too expensive be inventive- cooking with mum vouchers, front seat priviledges, choosing dinner, computer game hours, i have also found most girls like hair clips, clothing accessories and these can be bought for the younger girls very cheaply...

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Connie - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son has a paper chain with 3 rings on it in school. If or when he starts to loose his temper, he will have 10 miniutes to calm him self down or loose one ring on it, if he still does not calm down after one ring he then gets time out and continues to be reminded to calm him self down for 10 more minutes. If he looses the seconed chain he leaves the classroom for time out, and he gets 10 more minutes for the 3rd chain, after 30 minutes, mom gets a phone call and he gets sent home. He gets rewards of folders, pencils, erasers, fuzzy posters, small toys and stuff like that at school. At home we use a sticker chart for chores and a different sticker chart for behaviors. Rewards at home tend to be buy a used book from book store, go to play ground to play, go to store to choose a cheap small toy, Go to the Library and choose a book maybe a kid meal from mcdonnalds....I have been making him earn his fun activities.

Christine - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi Jessica, my suggestion is to try out the program called My Reward Board. I will give you the website to check it out. http://www.myrewardboard.com
You can try it out for a 15-day FREE trial period. My kids have really enjoyed this program! I hope my suggestion helps!

Tracey - posted on 01/08/2010

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We buy videos for 10p in charity shops and for every thing my son does that he finds difficult he gets a video. He now has so many videos that every week we take some away and give them back to him later as rewards.

Lise - posted on 01/07/2010

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Any movies you own that you can ONLY use as rewards? Does she like car rides? Special things like snuggling in mommy's bed?

Julie - posted on 01/07/2010

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ebay has wonderful toys and stim toys cheap, you can actually look up autism toys and find alot

Jeanine - posted on 01/07/2010

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Have you seen the 50cent claw machines at Wal-mart. You can buy a small one that takes fake coins. We got one at K-mart for $20 it comes with some items when those run out you could get some more from dollar tree to put back in. My son just loves the one we have.

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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Thanks! We have a happy face chart on her desk, she has the opportunity to earn 30 happy faces a day. She earns a break and sticker for every 5 happy faces because she doesn't like to sit at her desk. She earns comp time with 15 happy faces and she chose dinner at red robin for 20. So far she is at 11-12 happy faces a day, meaning that she is participating in school less than 50%. I like oriental trading co, I might get that because I don't think the stickers are doing it. Its just keeping her motivated to get them at the end of the day because she will play with them if she gets them earlier!

Renee - posted on 01/06/2010

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Find something that motivates her it's different for all kids. My son (with autism) could care less about stickers but you put a trip to GameStop or something like that and he'll do anything for it. Like I said, something that motivates her. So many stickers could equal a trip to Dairy Queen IF she likes it. See my son would say so what about Dairy Queen.

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