I recently wrote about some behavioral strategies that I frequently use in speech therapy sessions and in classrooms. One of the strategies was reinforcement charts and I mentioned that the puzzle piece form of a behavior chart was a favorite. I didn’t have a picture example at the time and being a visual learner myself I figured it would be helpful to post a picture of a puzzle piece reinforcement chart as soon as I could!
The puzzle piece chart shown above is for a preschooler with autism who loves books about sharks. He was already using a “penny chart” to earn shark books but that didn’t seem to be quite clicking. He needed to be constantly reminded what he was working for and was always on the edge of frustration. We made this 4 part puzzle of a shark for him to use to give him a clear visual of what he was working for and how many more pieces he needs to earn to get a shark book to look at.
This puzzle piece chart was made by laminating the pieces and putting velcro on the back so it can be used repeatedly. Another way to implement it is to make copies of the completed puzzle. The child gets to color in a section of the puzzle when he/she does the desired behavior and when the puzzle is completely colored in he/she earns the reinforcer.