I wanted to do a social story for Elise, giving her our specific expectations for her behavior at bedtime. I wanted her to know what we expected from her every night. We read her book to her and then told her if she could stay in bed and stay quiet at night she'd get to put a sticker on her chart and she'd also earn 15 extra minutes to stay up past bedtime. I told her that time would be hers to choose whatever she wanted to do. Every night she ended up choosing tv or tablet time, no surprise there. Once she got 5 stickers she could pick something special to do. It took one night of getting her extra 15 minutes and then the next night losing her 15 minutes for her to realize how things worked and to shape up. After just one night of getting out of bed and not staying quiet at bedtime we no longer had an issue. She was quiet and stayed in bed every night. She is smart and it doesn't take her long to learn which is nice. I was so pleased it was such a quick solution and it has now been about 5 months since we've had trouble with her at bedtime. She has a night every now and then where she'll yell out at bedtime but usually a gentle reminder that she'll lose her 15 minutes is quick to quiet her. She loved her social story. We read it every night for weeks and then she would pull it out and read it to herself, so proud that she remembered the words. With my terrible illustrations it really was impressive she could use the pictures to remember what the words said!
|We had this outside her bedroom door and she was so proud to put a sticker on in the mornings.|
|Walking to get ice cream after Elise earned 5 stickers in a row for the 2nd time.|