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Token Chart

What it is: A behavior strategy to increase motivation and decrease unwanted behaviors

Who it’s for: Parents or teachers of children who need motivation to complete tasks or follow directions

What you’ll need: A printed copy of this page:// , a sheet protector or even a large Ziploc bag, and a dry erase or Vis-a-Vis marker

I have given these charts to parents to use at home many times and I use variations of them in my classroom as well. Visual reinforcement to reward desired behavior is very effective. Here’s a generic example of how it can be used in the home:

Every night, your son or daughter comes home and plays video games right away before doing homework and when it’s time to turn them off, incidents occur. It’s a fight to try to talk them into doing it another way.

If you don’t have access to a laminator, print this chart and put it in a sheet protector or a Ziploc bag which you can then write on with an erasable marker. It’s makeshift, but it’ll work.


1. Write your child’s name before Token Chart and write what the area of need is after the word for. Example: Kevin’s token chart for doing homework.

2. Write the reward after the equal sign at the bottom too, in this case, “video games.”

3. Determine 3 things you’d like done before they play video games and tell them they will earn a happy face for each task. You decide what needs to be done before video games are earned. Either 3 separate tasks or 1 task broken down into 3 steps, depending on the ability level of your child. Draw a happy face once each task is completed and once they earn 3 happy faces, they can have their reward.

You can use a chart like this to target many behaviors. Just remember to determine two things:

1.What your child is working for (make sure it’s something they really want)

2. What they have to do to earn it.

It’s best to focus on one behavior at a time. If you are having trouble with hitting/kicking, not eating dinner and not getting ready for bed, pick one area of need to target on the chart. If there are two severe behaviors you’d like to target simultaneously, make two separate charts for two separate rewards.


  • ANYTHING your child likes to do or have at home can be turned into a reward
  • If the thing you are asking them to do or refrain from doing is very difficult for them, what you require of them to earn it may need to be minimal. When behavior begins to improve, you can require more from them little by little.
  • ALWAYS use positive language on the chart. Example: Instead of “Kevin’s Chart for not hitting” write “Kevin’s chart for keeping hands to self.” Instead of “Kaylie’s chart for not whining” write “Kaylie’s chart for using a nice voice.”

This chart can be modified in MANY ways to target MANY behaviors. Email me at with more specific questions!

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