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SEN focus: Breaking a negative behaviour cycle with non-contingent rewards.

SEN focus: Breaking a negative behaviour cycle with non-contingent rewards.

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As teachers we want our time with the children to be as positive as possible. It boosts their wellbeing and our own enjoyment. However when faced with challenging behaviour it is easy to fall into a cycle of negativity with children losing play times, favoured activities or golden time.

I say it is time to change this for good. Throw the dusty old behaviour policy out of the window. Forget sanctions, they are of limited effectiveness especially with children who have a learning difficulty. Introducing the non-contingent reward. A favoured activity, extra play, 1:1 time, foot spa, etc. that doesn’t need to be earned.

 

Why?

- It boosts self-esteem.
- It will boost enjoyment of school.
- It will enhance your relationship.
- It will build trust.
- It will increase self-worth.
- It will be fun.
- It shows you value the child.
- It allows for positive interaction.


We have all had those days where nothing is going to plan, throw in a non-contingent reward and draw a line under that. Start afresh and get the flywheel of positivity spinning in your class.