Let's Make a Contract: A Positive Way to Change Your Child's Behavior

Let's Make a Contract: A Positive Way to Change Your Child's Behavior

Let's Make a Contract: A Positive Way to Change Your Child's Behavior

Let's Make a Contract: A Positive Way to Change Your Child's Behavior


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"Colorful and easy to implement, this book will be a resource for parents and guardians looking to try behavior contracting in their homes." —Library Journal

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.

Let’s Make a Contract describes a straightforward, four-step solution called behavioral contracting, a research-based technique with proven real-world success. Contracts are a tool that can benefit anyone, but they’re particularly useful for:
  • Autistic children
  • Children with learning or developmental disabilities
  • Children who benefit from clear expectations and receiving positive feedback and rewards

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 with siblings
  • Becoming independent
  • 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951412517
Publisher: The Collective Book Studio
Publication date: 05/26/2022
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 298,868
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jill C. Dardig is Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio Dominican University where she trained special education teachers for 30 years. During a sabbatical, Jill was a consultant at Centro da Vilariñha, a program that taught daily living and vocational skills to teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities, in Porto, Portugal. She has been a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and presented workshops for teachers and parents in Europe, South America, and Asia. Dr. Dardig has written several books and other publications about and for parents including Involving Parents of Students with Special Needs: 25 Ready-to-Use Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008). Jill has an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Ed. and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

William L. Heward is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. He has taught at universities in Brazil, Japan, Portugal, and Singapore and given lectures and workshops in 22 other countries. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Past President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Dr. Heward’s publications include co-authoring the books, Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd ed., Pearson, 2020) and Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (12th ed., Pearson, 2022). Bill has also written for the popular market. Some Are Called Clowns (Crowell, 1974) chronicled his five summers as a pitcher for the Indianapolis Clowns, the last of the barnstorming baseball teams. Bill has a B.A. from Western Michigan University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Parenting … One of Life's Hardest Jobs Catherine Maurice 10

Preface: The Global Power of Stones 13

Introduction: Contracting and How to Use This Book 16

Part I Read Together

1 Game Suspended 23

2 Loopholes 37

3 The Number Problem 49

4 The Pet Menace 59

5 Lynn Pitches In 71

6 By Myself 77

7 Siblings United 85

8 Now It's Your Turn, Mom and Dad 91

9 Making Friends 99

Part II Make Your Own Contracts

10 What Is Contracting? 109

11 Select the Task 121

12 Choose the Reward 137

13 Write the Contract 147

14 Implement the Contract 163

15 Picture Contracts for Nonreaders 175

16 If Your Child Won't Try Contracting 185

Glossary 190

Resources 192

References 195

Acknowledgments 198

Contract Forms 200

Translations 208

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