Friday, May 6, 2016

Frustration with Behavior Charts

My son has a daily behavior chart. I advocated early on that he needed a chart so that he could see how he was doing throughout the day. In addition, the chart was also a way for me to know how my kiddo was doing on a daily basis. For the most part, the behavior chart has done what it was designed to do. My little guy knows what each color means and he strives to do a good job. We use both positive reinforcers and consequences at homes based upon this chart. For example, if he has a great week, he earns a prize. He gets tokens for each good day. If he has a bad day, he has a consequence such as no video games.

So here comes my frustration with the chart. Please see the picture below...

My kiddo earned all pinks and greens. A pink is outstanding and a green is ready to learn, but the comments state: Did not follow directions. Rude to classmates. What does this mean? Why would he have been given a pink or green if he wasn't following directions? The problem with this is that as soon as I read these comments to my kiddo he hyper focuses on the pinks and greens. All he could say was, "I had a great day! I earned all pinks and greens!" He's on the autism spectrum, he is a concrete guy. If he earns a pink or a green, he's going to think that he did a great job.

Being a special education teacher by trade, I tend to go right back to strategy utilization. With the kiddos that I work with on the spectrum, everything is concrete. There are never any grey areas. My child spends almost his entire day in the general education classroom so his teacher is not a special education teacher. She tries her best. She tries to accommodate. She really does do everything in her power to help my kiddo be successful.

I guess my problem is this: When my kiddo comes home with a sheet like this it really makes it difficult for me to interpret where my child struggled during the day. In addition, the daily conversation that I have with my child in regards to his behavior chart becomes more of a challenge. I have a concrete little guy and he cannot see beyond the Pinks and Greens. Just some food for thought!


  1. My son is in an EI class. He has adhd and aspergers. He's 13. They use stamp sheets in his class. Each sheet is worth 100 points. There's 10 things similar to your list down the sheet And 10 things across, like respecting staff, positive pier interaction, completing work, etc.. He does what he's suppose to do and gets a 1, if he doesn't, get gets a 0. End of day if he gets 80 or better he has a positive day. 3 positive days between Friday and the following Thursday, He earns fun friday for the week.. Each 1 stamp he gets is one penny and all is added up to use in their "class store" during fun Friday. Class store is filled with inexpensive trinkets and munchies. He sees where he needs work if he gets zeros in places. And of course there's a section to be used for notes on how he did that day too. I have to sign the bottom to prove I've seen it.

  2. My son is 12 has asperger and adhd. He is in a mainstream school and uses an achievement card where teachers write a number between 1 and 5. All 5 in a day and he gets positive points given from his tutor. I give him a prize if he has 3 days only with 5 in a week. My problem is some teachers write good and gives a 4 and others with good gives a 3. 3 in his school is not good! I think teachers should be more specific to support us when we discuss this with our children.