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Use my Smiley System to reinforce discipline and teach compliance and responsibility of children

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Morning Glory Treatment Center
for Children

Copyright 2009
1207 Pigeon Forge Road,
Pflugerville, Texas, 78660 USA
Phone/FAX : 512-251-3298

All Good Things Are Earned!
The Smiley System for Compliance and Responsibility Training for Children

The Smiley System is a deceptively simple token economy system Norma invented to reinforce discipline, compliance, and teach children accountability, especially those diagnosed with ADHD, ODD or ASD who may not listen well to verbal requests and directions. Parents instantaneously reward desired child behaviors and chores with Smileys and remove Smileys for misbehavior! Children see they can earn tokens to redeem for privileges. Likewise, they also see how quickly their earned smileys can disappear with continued acting out or non-compliance to adults' requests. Empowered parents use this “game” to encourage children to exercise their choice of actions in order to get good things in life.

How it Works

Put the Smiley System board where everyone can see it and your children will count their Smileys often. Put Smileys on the board ASAP as they are earned or remove them for misbehaviors. After bedtime, the number of Smileys still on the board are recorded. At the end of the week, children receive allowance money or privileges based on the total Smileys earned.

Norma's 64-page Handbook clearly explains how to start and develop child compliance with answers for 21 frequently asked questions (FAQ). Read Norma's 10 Principles of Parenting and Logical Consequences and the Handbook's Table of Contents (10 page PDF)

What You Get

Kit includes: Smiley System Board, 60 Smiley cutouts, a chore chart, name cards, no-whining poster, weekly Smiley logs, cue cards of reminders/consequences and a 64-page Handbook. Smiley Board is 19” x 25” sturdy, tri-fold card stock with clear, vinyl pockets for displaying Smileys. The included Handbook answers 21 questions on how to use the system.

Front cover design is 19" x 9"

Smiley System Works!

Grace, a Hong Kong mother, told Norma about her success after only a few weeks using the Smiley System Kit. She reported improvements in her son's independent living skills, following first requests, being on-task with home work completion, using more feeling words, making proper apologies, and accepting responsibility for misbehavior. Needless to say, Grace was proud of these changes and her son was happier too. (Chart in Chinese, PDF)

  • Teaches children “all good things are earned!” Every week on payday Smileys are converted to allowance or quality time with parents or special activity rewards.

  • Effective with children ages 3 to 17+ and especially kids with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder or ASD.

  • Handbook includes examples for giving and taking Smileys and 21 FAQ about how to use Smileys in different parenting situations

  • Simple to use, win-win solution for both children and their parents and care givers

  • Reinforces parenting roles and enhances the parent-child relationship

  • Reinforces values like respect and honesty

  • Allows parents to respond quickly and confidently to misbehavior

  • Facilitates a proactive approach to discipline

  • Provides a visual reminder for behavioral performance

  • Develops a child’s good judgment and self-discipline by exercising choices

  • Turns parent-child adversary positions into a win-win partnership

  • Promote a child’s ability to delay gratification

  • Provides a tangible framework for logical consequences

$35 plus shipping and handling. International shipping is available.

Kit includes: Smiley System Board, Smiley cutouts, a chore chart, name cards, no whining poster, weekly Smiley logs, and a 64-page Handbook.

19” x 25” sturdy, fold-out card stock with clear, vinyl pockets for displaying Smileys.

Includes all the supplies you need!

Chore sheet, Smiley cutouts, stop whining poster, and weekly Smiley logs are included.

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