Download free ADHD behavior charts, an effective behavioral treatment for children with hyperactivity or other more intense behaviors, such as hitting and biting. Finding the right chart for kids with this disorder can be difficult. I have created these to be different from my other reward charts because they allow you to monitor behaviors you are hoping to increase and/or decrease by using a point system. When used in combination with other treatments, including medication, these can be helpful in eliminating bad behaviors, such as aggression.
ADHD behavior charts are also great for decreasing other symptoms, such as talking out of turn or refusing to follow directions. Each time your child does a desirable behavior you want to increase (e.g. completes assigned chores for kids) he/she earns a point and then loses a point for those that are undesirable that you want to decrease (e.g. talking out of turn).
A goal is set for a certain number of points to be earned in order to obtain a reward. Behaviors can be worth more points than others depending on their severity, but be sure to note how much each one is worth in the box it is listed.
Although these can technically be used with all children, be careful using them with children that may escalate into severe aggressive behavior when losing points. You may have better luck downloading a printable reward chart focused only on positive behaviors. If you know you will be consistent and not give in to tantrums when points are lost, then this could be a good option for you!
You will need adobe reader to download the ADHD behavior charts. A link to download this is below.
You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open a chart. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page, but you will need to temporarily disable any pop up blockers to open the new window).
Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.
The immediate presentation or loss of points is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder because of their need for immediate gratification. You just want to make sure you are able to add or remove a point at the moment in time the behavior occurs. If it is too delayed it will not be effective. I would have a designated time frame that your child knows about using a timer if needed (eg. every hour during class for high rates or if you have generally low rates you might be able to do the entire day.). You may want to print and laminate this using a dry erase marker that can be erased after the designated time frame is up, or print multiples that you can use.
Offer praise when giving points, but avoid any type of scolding or use of worse when removing them. If the behavior is attention seeking you may unintentionally reinforce it. This will cause it to increase even if there is a loss involved or the reward isn't earned. Have the chart where the child can see it and simply mark an X in one of the boxes whenever necessary while avoiding any direct eye contact or looking at the child. At the end of the time frame, if the reward is not earned, simply say "Oh that's so sad, we can try again." Then move onto the next segment. This is not the time to give any kind of lecture as this may offer attention that could be reinforcing.
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