5 Types of Behavior Charts To Use With Your Child

  • Sticker Chart/Reward Chart

A sticker chart (or reward chart) is a very simple type of behavior chart that works well with younger children.  Basically, anytime a child performs a specific behavior (i.e., using the toilet, picking up his/her toys, going to bed on time, etc.) the child gets a sticker to add to his/her chart.  Once the sticker chart is filled, the child can trade in the sticker chart for a special object or privilege.

  • Chore Chart

A chore chart is essentially a behavior chart that tracks whether or not a child or teen has completed his/her chores for the day or week.  Often times, the child or teen can earn special privileges for completing the tasks that are listed on the chore chart.  Parents should make sure that the chores listed on the chore chart are age-appropriate and are not too overwhelming or difficult to complete. 

  • Hygiene Chart

Hygiene charts are an effective way to get children and teens to complete their daily hygiene tasks.  These tasks might include daily showers (or every-other-day), teeth-brushing, hair-combing, wearing of clean clothes, using deodorant, fingernail-clipping, face-washing, etc.  Hygiene charts don’t typically have a reward associated with completion – but they can.  Hygiene charts are more often used as a “checklist” of sorts to assure everything is taken care of.

  • Feelings Chart

Feelings charts can take many forms and can be used with various age groups for various reasons.  For younger children, a feelings chart can help them to identify various feelings that they might experience throughout the day or week – feelings that they might not otherwise be able to articulate.  For teens, a feelings chart is a good way to track and record feelings throughout the day, week, or month. 

  • Behavior Chart

Behavior charts are very similar to reward charts – only they are more appropriate for older children and teens.  Rather than earning stickers for positive behavior, the child or teen earns points or “checkmarks” for positive behavior.  There is almost always a reward/consequence aspect to behavior charts. Kids usually earn rewards for positive behavior and consequences for negative behavior.

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