DeJarnette Behavior Programs

The Point System

The point system from old DeJarnette Center manual

The point system had been developed to help each child assume and maintain responsibility for themself. Many priviledges were available to the children in the Adolescence Program, depending on their ability to handle the responsibilities of hall living. This was measured by points earned for following the daily routine, attending scheduled activities, general helpfulness, and effort in that activity. Each child was issued a point card, which they carried and staff would write in points earned after each activity. The children would turn in their cards twice each day. This was at 2:20 p.m. and bedtime. The points were then totaled and based on the amount earned, would earn their way through levels. This was recoreded on a Level Board. Children in higher levels earned increased priviledges. The graphic to the right is a page from the DeJarnette manual that describes how points are assigned.

If a child did not earn the needed amount of points required for one shift, they would be placed on probation and a P would be recorded on the Level Board. Gaining the required amount in the next shift would result with a check mark in the same box as the P. Failure to earn the needed amount of points two consecutive shifts would result in the return to the beginning of the next lower level. A lower amount of points and fewer shifts were required for each child to progress through lower levels. Levels 3, 4, 5, were levels with higher behavioral expectations. Level 5 was the highest level. Priviledges and behavioral expectations were greater for this level. When children were away from the Program, they would not move up or down in their progress through levels unless special arrangements were made ahead of time.

The point system from old DeJarnette Center manual

The graphic to the left is a bedtime record from August 31, 1983. The P3 at the top of the document stands for Peery 3. This was the adolescent boys' wing. The boys and girls were kept in different wings. Although one of the names, Shannon, seems as if this would be a girl. The record has three criteria, which are, S for sleeping, A for awake, and B for bedroom. If the child was awake at a time when they should have been sleeping points would be subtracted. This record has the children's names and bedroom numbers. I have hidden the last names for privacy reasons. At 8:30 p.m., it is noted that all of the children were awake. Most went to bed from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At 7:00 a.m., most were sleeping, except for three. There is an A for Shane S. who was awake at 5:30 a.m., Shannon H. was awake at 6:30 a.m., and Kelly C. was awake at 6:30 a.m.

Below is an example of how points were determined using the Point System.

Daily Schedule: Weekdays
Night-time behavior 1 point
Breakfast meal 3 points
Room check 3 points
Community meeting 3 points
1st period school 3 points
2nd period school 3 points
3rd period school 3 points
4th period school 3 points
Lunch 3 points
5th period school 3 points
6th period school 3 points
Target behavior 3 points
Possible Points 34 Points

A bedroom in the Peery 3 wing
A bedroom in the Peery 3 wing

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