Everyone likes rewards. For some children, verbal recognition for achieving a point goal will be rewarding enough, but many will be more motivated if they have a tangible "payoff" for points earned.
We call points earned when playing Lexercise games Lex Points. Therapists set an individualized Lex Point goal (or turn off the point display entirely) on the the child's Profile page (accessed by the Profile tab). Clients who play Lexercise Games for 10-15 minutes a day will earn from 1000-2000 points a day (5,000 to 10,000 points a week).
Therapists should work with the child's parent to decide on the best way to recognize and reward each child's practice. Some children may need recognition for completing practice every day. Others may respond best to recognition for achieving a longer-term point goal.
Parents can award small tokens that are free or very inexpensive. Here are some ideas:
- Geodes, rocks and minerals are popular with both boys and girls across a wide age range (elementary through middle school). They are inexpensive (~$1 each). StoreForKnowledge.com has a good selection.
- Coupons for small items at your local stores and/or fast food restaurants can be good rewards.
- Stickers are popular rewards, especially for younger clients.
- Beads building a bracelet or necklace are popular especially with girls and can be ordered online or purchased at a local store.
- Building components (e.g., Legos) or art supplies can be good rewards.
- Access to a game app for iPad or Android tablets can be a motivator. (Following the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on screen time, we recommend parents use apps "side-by-side" with children.)
- A special story read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild can be fun and inspiring! See: StorylineOnline
Here is an article about some things to consider when setting up any token (points) economy.