Sample Behavior Charts

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Behavior modification programs that are based on encouraging and supporting positive behaviors rather than punishing undesired behaviors have been shown to be effective for children with ADHD. In several posts, we talk about how to set up this type of program in your own house:


    Behavior Modification


    Creating a Daily Report Card for Your Child to Help Improve Behavior


    Using Token Economies to Help Manage Behavior


    Games to Motivate Your Children


    The following behavior charts can help you keep track of your child's behavior.


    Single Behavior Points

    Use this chart to focus on a single behavior. It might be completing homework, not hitting siblings, finishing chores, not talking back or whatever behavior you are looking to correct. Write the desired behavior in the blank space. Use stickers or draw a star in the box each day your child exhibits the desired behavior. Rewards should be based on weekly totals as well as monthly.

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    Changing Behaviors

    This chart focuses on several different behaviors. Please note that when you first begin working with your child using charts with rewards and consequences you should focus on a single behavior at a time, however, as your child understands the process, you can begin working on a few different behaviors. Older children and teens may also have the maturity to work on several different behaviors at one time. Ideas of behaviors to work on include not talking back, no hitting, getting along with siblings, completing homework, doing chores or doing as told without being asked twice. Place stickers or stars each day your child acts appropriately and use the reward chart to show what he can "buy" at the end of the week with the points he earns.


    Chore Checklist

    List the chores your child is responsible for on the following table. Next to each chore write the number of "points" your child will earn for completing the chore each day. For example, your child might be responsible for making his bed each morning before school and earn 1 point each day that it is completed. Under chore, write "make bed" and each day it is done, put a star for that day. At the end of the week, count up the stars and write down how many points he earned that week.


    Reward List

    Write down several possible rewards your child can earn by getting points for completing chores, acting appropriately or completing (and handing in) homework. Assign each reward a point value. After earning points, your child can "buy" the reward. Suggestions for rewards include: renting a movie, having a friend spend the night, going out for ice cream, choosing what is for dinner. While rewards do not need to be material items, such as toys, you can also include these items if you choose.


     Weekly Progress Reports


    This chart is to help you, as parents, keep track of your child's progress. As you keep track of how many points your child earns each day, over several weeks, you can look for patterns or adjust your expectations to help your child succeed.



Published On: January 12, 2012