What I am going to talk about today is how you can phase out a behavior modification program such as Vlinder. Like any good tool, it is nice to know that there are times when it can be put away for safe keeping.
Vlinder uses positive reinforcement to help modify behaviors. Care givers are encouraged to constantly praise their child before, during and after a wanted behavior is performed. This is in part because the praise will become the only reward needed. In the beginning you may choose to alternate between target behaviors such as good personal hygiene and respect towards others. As you start to see growth in your child it will be time to retire them from the list. The nice thing about Vlinder is that you can pick up again at any time and reinitiate your structure as new trouble areas appear.
It is important to utilize all of your positive reinforcers while implementing a program. Positive reinforcement comes in all forms. Some non-verbal reinforcers are smiles, nods, and affection. Verbal reinforcers play a key role because you are able to explain what it is that has made you happy. Tangible reinforcers are important in the beginning to help build structure in your family and help your child understand your expectations.
Using a game/program such as Vlinder gives you the ability to cycle through the behaviors that you are trying to improve in your child. They may think that it’s a bum deal that they don’t keep getting rewards. This program facilitates growth and your child needs to understand that they are part of a process.
To recap – When you are utilizing a behavior modification program you use all your positive reinforcers; verbal, non-verbal and tangible. As you move forward, behaviors get recycled. When you stop working on a specific behavior you continue to give positive reinforcement; however, stop using tangible reinforcers, such as Vlinder Reward Cards. They are no longer needed. The more you move through behaviors, the more second nature this will become.