Thanks to all who offered encouragement on my post from Monday. On a practical note of what we've been dealing with with Nathan, I wanted to share about the train chart we've been using since November.
As part of our daily weekday routine, Nathan watches this classic show. He knows that when it is over, it's time for him to get ready for his nap. For a long time, I dreaded the first notes of the show's closing song, because Nathan would immediately start fussing about it being naptime. He would hide, run away from me, etc. He hadn't been responding to negative consequences, so I decided to try switching to positive reinforcement. I looked on-line for a chart where he could put stickers to track the days he made a wise choice in his attitude about naptime. I was thrilled to find this cute train chart. When he fills a train with stickers, I take him to the bakery to pick out a donut or cookie. (After a month of filling single trains, we moved on to filling two trains before doling out the reward.)
This system has worked like a charm--until recently, that is. I've been meaning to share about it for months, so naturally, I'm getting around to it just as it's becoming less effective for us. I'm not sure yet of how we're going to switch things up. If others of you use charts for reinforcing positive actions and behavior, I'd be interested to hear what works for you!