Goally is a fantastic device that works wonders for so many families. It can help your child gain independence, reduce fights between you and your kiddo, and make your day to day life more manageable and enjoyable. With that being said, if your child has no interest in picking up and using their Goally, it is incredibly unlikely that Goally will be able to do anything positive and live up to its potential as a life-changing device. Getting your child to enjoy using Goally is an absolutely vital step that can not be overlooked or taken for granted. Knowing this, we at Goally, created a 3 part series “Ensuring Success” that talks about strategies to make sure your child loves using Goally. The topic for today’s blog post is “Continuing Your Child’s Interest With Goally'' where we’ll talk about how to continue keeping your child interested in Goally and preserve all the hard work you did in the early stages of implementation!
Truth be told, the most important part of keeping interest with Goally is to continue to change up your child’s interactions with it. You always want your child excited to complete their routines. Setting up great rewards with your child in the early stages of Goally is extremely important, but you also have to make sure your are cycling in new rewards and adapting to your child’s new interests. A good way to accomplish this is to have a rewards meeting with your child every month or two. A lot of our Goally parents that have monthly reward meetings say that this is single-handedly the most important trick they use to keep their child engaged with Goally.
Changing up and adding new routines is also vital to retaining engagement. A good example of changing up routines is to constantly be looking to add new fun routines that your child will enjoy. For example if your child suddenly starts taking up an interest in reading consider creating a Goally routine for that activity. On the other side of the coin, If you notice an activity that your child struggles with it may be a good idea to create a Goally routine for that activity. Always remember that when implementing a new routine you should be walking your child through that routine and giving substantial rewards so your child is motivated to complete it. Now there are certain aspects that are important to remain constant. For example, your child may find it difficult or frustrating if their morning or bedtime routine is changed continuously as these are daily routines that should remain fairly constant. Changing these routines around will most likely have negative rather than positive results. This however does not mean that you shouldn't change up your routines.
This marks the end of our “Ensuring Success” 3 part series. Through this series you have hopefully learned some tips and strategies on how to implement and introduce Goally effectively. Now some of these tips may work wonders for you while others seem to have little to no effect oh, that's okay. Remember to keep trying different strategies time and time again as it is only through trial and error that you will figure out the best path forward for you, your child and their Goally!
Editor's note: This information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as needed, with a qualified healthcare provider and/or BCBA.