I haven’t had a ‘treasure chest’ of prizes for attending speech therapy in four years. I ditched that for non-tangible prizes in my school-aged speech room (like sitting in the teacher’s chair, lunch with me, etc.) For the last two years, I’ve worked in preschool and do inclusion. Most of my students can work without reinforcers or their reinforcer is being able to go back to an area of the classroom they love more than speech. I’m looking at you, Lego table. A few of my preschool friends are ones you likely know. They need reinforcers that are highly motivating and they need a behavior plan that changes about once every two months for the classroom. For speech time, I couldn’t handle three different teachers and three different behavior plans. I also fail at carrying clip charts and sticks and all that jazz. Instead, I found the perfect solution for traveling SLPs needing behavior plans.
Then I took a selfie with it so I could tell you about it.
Meet my pocket treasure chest. I found this little beauty at Goodwill. It’s about a 1 x 3 inch treasure chest. It says Disney inside so I’m sure it came with a toy set or something. It literally fits in my pocket.
Everyday, my little people have to finish speech time to find out what’s in the treasure chest! Somedays it is one Skittle. Somedays it is a little toy they can play with for 2 minutes (wind up toys fit great.) Sometimes it’s empty (because Ms. Jenna ate the Skittle) and they get to walk to the water fountain in the hall with me. Sometimes when it’s empty I let them tell me a topic and I make up a silly song for them. Literally, anything. They don’t care as long as it’s fun and something different.
You would NOT believe how hard little people work to see what is in the treasure chest. It’s magic and I don’t have to plan or carry a chart or anything!
You can get a similar tiny treasure box on Amazon at this affiliate link.
If you try it, come back and tell me about your tiny treasure box! I can’t wait to hear about it.
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