Beat the Buzzer

Description of the Strategy

Beat the Buzzer is a simple contingency management procedure most frequently used to reduce morning dawdling in children and decrease conflict between children and their parents. Beat the Buzzer involves setting a timer for a reasonable time limit by which the child must complete a set list of responsibilities. The night before implementing the program, the parent must explain the procedure to the child and make a list of duties the child is expected to complete in the morning before leaving the home. Typical duties include getting dressed, eating breakfast, and brushing teeth. The list is posted in a location the child can easily reference, such as on the refrigerator door or bathroom mirror. Next, the parent explains that ...

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