Token Economy
A token economy is a program where points and/or money is used as a currency to purchase privileges within the home or school environment. The points/money are earned by meeting responsibilities and by behaving in desirable ways. Points/money are expended to “purchase” privileges and are lost when the child behaves in undesirable ways. This type of system has been widely used in managing a variety of behavioral problems including ADHD.
Parenting by Numbers is an easy to implement online point system as recommended by many parenting programs for the psychosocial treatment of ADHD, ODD, CD and disruptive behavior disorders.

Parenting by Numbers helps brings the emotion and conflict out of parenting children and adolescents (ages 10-17) with behavioral difficulties. Token economies have been used for decades in a variety of settings with a wide range of populations successfully reducing a host of behavioral problems. Widely used today in schools with both clinical and non-clinical populations, research suggests that token economies offer many benefits in managing behavior problems related to ADHD, Autism and other developmental or behavior disorders.

When employed in the home, It helps parents teach their children about the way the world works - You work for the privileges in life. Negative behaviors ultimately have negative impact while positive behaviors provide many valuable benefits.

How Parenting by Numbers works:

  1. Parents subcribe to the program and run the Initial Assessment. This automatic creates the database of Positive and Negative Behaviors, Responsibilities, Chores and Privileges (including automated allowances). In addition to Point balances, three fictitious financial accounts Checking, Savings and Charity accounts are provided to teach about finances. The child's weekly schedule, charts and lists of chores, responsibilities are available for printing. Parents print out charts of chores, responsibilities, lists of positive and negative behaviors and weekly schedules.

  1. Parents record target behaviors daily via the internet or by phone using the interactive voice recognition system. This only takes a few minutes a day. Phone recording is most valuable to provide an immediate consequence for negative behaviors and to reward and praise positive behaviors.

  1. Parents limit the child's access to privileges based on the child's currnt point balance (either by purchasing the privilege or using a level system). The child either has the points or they don't. If privileges are purchased using points, these are recorded. Current point/dollar balances can be view on-line or inquired quickly anywhere by phone.

  1. Point values for behaviors and privileges are changed and new behaviors and privileges are added as needed. Reports provide parents with valuable information regarding completion of responsibilities and improvements in targeted behaviors.

Parenting by Numbers is subscription based and requires a computer with internet access. Telephone access is provided through local/regional telephone numbers. Parenting by Numbers is available in two versions, the Standard Edition and the Professional Edition. The Standard Edition is for parents desiring to try it on their own. The Professional Edition with advanced behavioral tools is intended for parents requiring professional therapeutic support and is only available through a qualified mental health professional or behavior specialist.
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