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Green (2003) "Red and Green Choices" TM www.redandgreenchoices.com

"Cindy T. is sitting. Wow! Look at her sit so green! Mrs. Kriggs and Cindy T. are so happy. Their cheeks are up! Their cheeks are green up!"   "Oh, no! Cindy T. is up. Mrs. Kriggs has her lips together and her chin down! Mrs. Kriggs shakes her head slow from side to side. Cindy T. needs to stop. Please stop no red up, Cindy T! Mrs. Kriggs snaps her finger and holds out her hand..."

From "Cindy T's Circle Time" Book Cover,

     "Cindy T. is very young. She is still learning what to do during circle time. Cindy T. is learning about red and green school choices, sitting and keeping lips still. Cindy T is learning yes green and no red. Mrs. Kriggs helps Cindy T. remember what to do at circle time. Mrs. Kriggs uses red and green picture cards, smiles and the 'think green' finger snap. When Cindy T. chooses green behaviors, she holds a favorite quiet item during circle time. When Cindy T. chooses red behaviors, Mrs. Kriggs holds it."

Author, Green Irene

From "Cindy T's Circle Time" Preface,

"To Teachers, Parents and Adults working with Children Having ASD:
   I wrote this as a student directed supplemental support in addition to my original book 'Red and Green Choices, A Positive Behavioral Development Strategy...'  My intention is to provide commonality through literature for young students. This situation focuses on general school-based behaviors during a specific activity time to support individual student red and green choices strategies. 'Cindy T.' was created as an additional reference for students and adults. Students should be encouraged to inspect and then learn from the actions of other children like Cindy T, while adults could focus on the helpful and attentive techniques of Mrs. Kriggs. Through this story, 'Cindy T.' provides her own specific behavioral expectations to contribute to the development of positive behaviors in others."

Author, Green Irene

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Yes Green and No Red Adult Reactions

I began using this picture to elicit meaning to my reactional or emotional state to a particular student's school choices. When red and green choices were explained, expected, then chosen - I reacted one of these two ways. I either agreed the action was green by clapping my hands, smiling and saying yes green, or the opposite crossing of my arms and shaking my head no while keeping my lips straight. At first I would need to overreact and over exaggerate my emotions to convey understanding of social cues that corresponded with behaviors. I would then pair the picture preceding an expectation (antecedent stimulus), and ask the student - red or green. This could prove effective when first beginning a trustworthy relationship with a child based on behavioral expectations. Let the child know what your face and body gestures will look like. Would the child prefer you happy, smiling and clapping and saying yes - or the opposite. The child may need time to realize there is a relationship between their actions and your response. Remain consistent, predictable and firm.

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Use the extra space under Yes and No to write individualized expectations like;
Mrs. ___ Happy Clap! or
Mrs. ____ No Happy.


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Could the "No Red Yell" Behavioral Response Lead to an Eventual Uncontrollable Situation a Few Months From Now, or Even When The Child Is Older? Would You Rather Provide Positive Alternative Behaviors Now, When They Are 4, 5, or 6 Years Old - Or When They Are 10 or 14?

When Students are Older, this May Become "Green Calm Tell or Ask" Instead of "Red Mad Yell Words".
  Yes Green Talk and No Red Yell Student Behaviors

Use Pairing to Elicit Student Understanding of Red and Green Choices. Pair the Green Choice Expectation with Verbal and Visual Stimulus. The Green Consequence (Your Reaction, the Markers You Hold Up) Needs to Mean Something to the Student. Would that Student Prefer; Your Face Be Happy & Smiling While Your Using Positive Reinforcement, Telling the Student How "Green" Their Choice Is, and How Happy You Are, or the Opposite Reaction? Change Your Tones and Expressions like Mrs. Kriggs does for Cindy T. Begin a Positive Relationship using the Theories of Behavioral Trust - Support the Students Feelings, Allow Them to Be Successful!  Use Modeling to Describe the No Red Yell Behavior - Does the Student Realize What Yelling Is or Means, or Sounds Like?

After initial pairing (positive adult reactions), and conditioning green, then pair it with a high response student item. The next step could be green stars or red X's on a chart, or computer time. While at the computer, have a Red and Green Choices drawing of why they are at the computer. Draw a yes green computer with the yes green talk picture.

Try to think of the students' behavioral reasoning skills. Why would they display green choices? It is worth it to them? Do the consequences of their green choices meet their needs? click What is the future rate or probability that child will display the green choice behavior again?

Putting all actions into behavioral terms should help meet the needs of the student AND the intervening adult. Is it working? If not, then change it. Refer to the "10 Part Plan".

Green (2003) "Red and Green Choices" TM www.redandgreenchoices.com

Materials: & Logo is a TM of Green Irene:  Materials/Charts May Be Printed From This Web Site
For Personal Use to Supplement An Individual's Red and Green Choices Behavioral Development Strategy

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Daily Sheet Home

Begin Parental Communication, Allow Students the Opportunity to Examine School Choices when Calm and Not In the School Environment, and Parents to Reinforce School Choices at Home, Provide Consistency at School and Home


Hands & Teeth

Yes Green Teeth In Mouth or
No Red Teeth Out of Mouth (Bite)

Yes Green Hands Down or
No Red Hands Up (On Another)


Cut Out Your Own Circle Time Red and Green Choices Folding Card Like Cindy T's for "sit", "lips still", "up", and "lips move"!

Cut Out Your Own Red and Green Choices Cards green - yes computer, yes sticker & red - no computer, no sticker To Earn Computer Time & A Sticker  & Remind You of Why Your Choosing Green Like Cindy T!

Cut Out Your Own Circle Time Red and Green Choices "yes green lips still" & "no red yell" Card Like Cindy T's!

Your Own "yes sit" and "no up" Card Like Cindy T's to Fold When Your Choosing Red or Green!

You or an Adult Can Draw Pictures to Make Your Own Red and Green Choices "On The Bus"! Maybe You Can Earn a Sticker On Your Chart if You Choose Green!

Fold Your Own "no red - run" and "yes green - stay" - to Hold Your Favorite Item (Maybe a Small Sensory Ball) Like Cindy T's!

Green (2003) "Red and Green Choices" TM www.redandgreenchoices.com

The Material Presented from "Red and Green Choices", Is Based Upon Irene's Own Behavioral Intervention Strategies, and What Types of Behavioral
and Academic Assistance Has Promoted Positive Outcomes With Her and Her Students When Applying Red and Green Choices Behavioral Principles


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