ADHD Parenting: Reward Chart Template

Recently, one of my email subscribers forwarded a link to this parenting reward chart template for Microsoft Word 2007.

When parenting a child with ADD or ADHD, it is important to have clear structure. When working on a reward system, it is often helpful to set small rewards that can be achieved easily. This will allow for many chances for your child to succeed and be complimented/appreciated.

A big mistake which some parents end up with is to set a large goal – i.e. a trip to Disney World in 6 months, if you’re good. This is too far off, that it often isn’t motivating for your child beyond a day or two. Also, if you do book the trip and then your child stops complying – it would be very hard to cancel that trip as a consequence. And if you do cancel it – you will likely be very angry about it (i.e. missing the vacation, cancellation fees, etc.), and then your child will get a very angry response which can fuel more negative behavior.

It is best to set small daily goals – and to have small rewards. As this template says- it could be earning some time with TV, games, or friends. Maybe it’s the right to choose the family movie rental on Saturday night – or getting pizza on the weekend. It can also be dollar store toys. Just add a lot of excitement and appreciation – that will make any reward that much more fulfilling for your child.

This template works for owners of Microsoft Word 2007. If you want to download it – go here, and after Microsoft verifies that you are a genuine owner of Word, you can download it to your PC. You will then be able to open it in Word, and edit it – put your child’s name in the bottom and then add the rewards that you think will work best.

Maybe even consider discussing the rewards with your child. If he or she can agree on the rewards – they may be even more likely to work toward them.

As this can be a rewarding, yet challenging area for parents, please share your thoughts and experiences below.


Dr. Kenny

[tags] ADHD, ADD, Parenting, Reward Chart [/tags]


    • Hi Laura,
      As this is a microsoft template – you need to go through the site directly to get it (i.e. they want to verify that you have a real version of microsoft on your computer, and not a copied version). We are not able to email it to you.
      Dr. Kenny

  1. I am confused on how it works. For example; we started the morning with our first family meeting regarding chores and behaviour. Now the chore chart is pretty simple to use but the behaviour one isn’t. Another example is we went for a bike ride today and my son was very considerate and cautious. Then as we were driving home my daughter who also was ok during the bike ride spazed out and started kicking the seat in front of her but when we stopped in the grocery store she was very respectful of my direction and followed through. When we got home both the kids helped me bring in the groceries and my daughter put the food away. Could you please clarify how I do this?

  2. Deanne, I can only talk from my experience, but here is how I would handle this. When shaping behavior, you can’t do everything at once. Depending on the age of your child and the child himself, pick one or two behaviors that you will work on first. I would pick the behaviors that are the most disruptive. If the rewards are not working, then you have the wrong rewards. And don’t forget, things will work for a while and then stop. You will need to change rewards and change the behaviors you are shaping. After your kids get use to the system, you should love it. Once when my kids were younger and constantly fighting with each other, I offered a reward that they both wanted. The behavior I asked for was that the fighting would stop. I would give a sticker for no fighting in the morning and another sticker for no fighting in the evening. The caveat was that it was all or nothing. They BOTH got the sticker or they BOTH did not. Wow. They worked together very quickly! Note, I did not do this until they were very comfortable with they reward system and had used it for many other behaviors. Good luck.

  3. I have my 6 year old grandson living with me, he was diagnosed with ADHD and is taking Biphentin in the morning. he is doing great in school since on the medication the problem is that when i pick him up he is starting to come off the medication i experiance difficult and occationally extreme behavioual problems. I would appriciate any technques that you can give me.

    thank you

    colleen wright

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