How to Increase Compliance in Children and Adolescents, I by Dr. Munn, online psychotherapist for professional women of color and child and adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA
Hi there, I’m Dr. Munn. I’m going to share one tip on how to increase compliance in your child. This technique is not a one size fit all formula because every child and parent has unique strengths and needs. So, you might have to adjust this technique that I am about to share to meet your needs. If you find it helpful, wonderful, if not, that’s okay, too. So let’s get into it. When I want to increase compliance in children I use a reward system. A reward system is exactly as it sounds, you reward your child for a positive behavior. The idea is to link a favorable behavior as a positive experience through rewards. Let’s get into it. There are 6 steps I want to talk about:
1) Get a sticker chart. You can download a free template on google or create your own; you also want to get some fun stickers; and you want to make sure it’s developmentally appropriate;
2) Explain the reward system to your child, including, how they can earn a sticker, and what they can earn if they complete the reward chart;
3) Get your child to repeat the guidelines to make sure they understand the expectations; it’s important that you check for understanding otherwise the system won’t work; everyone has to be on the same page;
4) Immediately reward your child with a sticker and praise them for listening; this gets them excited;
5) Remember to be enthusiastic and encouraging because it will be contagious for your child; if you believe it, they likely will, too;
6) consistency is crucial. We all know exercise is good for us but most of us don’t exercise. Results come when we put in the dedication and effort. If you want to increase compliance in your children, you have to be committed to the process.
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Disclaimer: The content in this video is only intended to increase your knowledge on parenting and child development; it is not online therapy. If you’re concerned about your child’s immediate safety please call 911 and consult with a licensed clinician about any clinical symptoms you are observing in your child.