Play Attention’s Reward System
The Play Attention program is a success-based program. In simple terms, if the student is focused and paying attention, they are rewarded by the screen character moving in the right direction. When not focused, the program reminds the student to pay attention. So, through their own ability to pay attention, they are rewarded with their own success.
Just as with any training program, students need goals. Play Attention’s goals are set automatically and established as achievable goals. For example, a student may have played for three minutes in Attention Stamina. The program will establish a new goal that the student plays for three minutes and 10 seconds during the next session, thus pushing the student to stay focused for 10 seconds longer. If the goal is achieved, a point is awarded.
Once points are awarded, a bank is established where the student can accumulate an unlimited amount of points. This allows students to build points in their bank to purchase certain rewards. The coach establishes these rewards. Just as we save money to buy something, students can save points to purchase a reward.
While there are sample rewards set up, your support advisor will encourage you to set up rewards that will inspire your particular student. Caution is needed when establishing rewards. Play Attention is a long-term program, so the rewards must be something that can be sustained throughout training. If you establish a reward of $20 each time a student reaches a goal, it could get very expensive. Here are some reward ideas that many students like and cost little to no money:
- Trip to the park (purchase price – 10 points)
- Thirty minutes longer for bedtime on Friday night (purchase price – 15 points)
- A two-hour play date on a Saturday (purchase price – 25 points)
- One hour of video game time on the weekend (purchase price – 60 points)
The intent of the reward program is to give your student incentive for working towards achieving their goals. This is a fantastic motivational tool. When your student has accumulated enough points for their desired reward, they cash in the points. The program even prints a certificate congratulating them on their achievement!
Play Attention also encourages you to set short term and long term goals. A short term goal may be a movie rental at Red Box for 6 points. This is something they can probably purchase at the end of a session. A long term goal may be a Trip to the Water Park for 75 points. Your student will need to work towards saving those 75 points to get the larger reward! This is teaching delayed gratification. Delaying gratification is a hard skill for both children and adults with ADHD. However, we can teach this skill through the reward program. To review the importance of delayed gratification can be reviewed here.
Remember rewards work equally as well for both children and adults! Make certain if you are an adult you reward yourself for a job well done!
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