When a child is struggling with a behavior challenge or wants to learn a new skill, a contract can be a surprisingly effective solution that leads to more peaceful family dynamics. To help families create contracts as a collaborative process, Let’s Make a Contract offers an innovative combination of how-to text for parents and illustrated stories for children.
For parents, Let’s Make a Contract describes a straightforward, four-step solution called behavioral contracting, a research-based technique with proven real-world success. While contracts are a tool that can benefit anyone, they’re particularly useful with children on the autism spectrum, or with learning or developmental disabilities, who benefit from understanding clear expectations and receiving positive feedback and rewards. For children, the book’s beautifully illustrated stories show a diverse group of families using contracts to address common problems, such as completing chores or homework, getting along, becoming independent, and achieving personal goals. Questions after each story are designed to spark age-appropriate discussions.
Sample contracting forms and supporting materials are provided in the book and also on a companion website.
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