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Let’s Make a Contract
Let’s Make a Contract

Let’s Make a Contract

A Positive Way to Change Your Child’s Behavior



208 Pages, 7 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: May 2022

ISBN 9781951412517

Rights: WOR

The Collective Book Studio (May 2022)


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Let's Make a Contract presents a straightforward, positive, science-based strategy that can be immediately put into practice for the benefit of all families.  When a child is struggling with a persistent behavior problem, signing a contract can be a surprisingly simple solution with immediate results, including more peaceful family dynamics. To help families create contracts as a collaborative process, Let's Make a Contract offers an innovative combination of how-to text for parents and illustrated stories for children.  For parents, Let's Make a Contract describes a straightforward, four-step solution called behavioral contracting, a research-based technique with proven real-world success. While contracts are a tool that can benefit anyone, they're particularly useful with children on the autism spectrum, or with learning or developmental disabilities, who benefit from understanding clear expectations and receiving positive feedback and rewards. For children, the book's beautifully illustrated stories show a diverse group of families using contracts to address common problems. Questions after each story are designed to spark age-appropriate discussions. Sample contracting forms and supporting materials are provided in the book and also on a companion website.


'For a clear, easy to understand (and implement) guide, look no further than this delightful book by two universally respected veterans of the child and family field." —Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP, Vice President of Behavioral Health, Boys Town

"Wow, Dardig and Heward have crafted a terrific resource for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone who spends time with kids." —Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA; Founder, blast (a learning technologies company)

"Let's Make a Contract absolutely inspired me. The day after reading it, I renewed my commitment to apply these principles with my nonverbal son and saw immediate results." — Lorri Unumb, CEO, Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP)

"In Let's Make a Contract, Jill Dardig and Bill Heward do an amazing job of presenting a step-by-step approach to help parents and children improve their lives through contracts." —Mary Lynch Barbera, Ph.D., RN, BCBA-D, best-selling author, Turn Autism Around

"In this fine book, there is a consistent invitation to see the world through the eyes of each family member...develop a greater understanding of each other and create a plan to improve the life of the family as a whole." —Darnell Lattal, Ph.D., CEO ABA Technologies

Author Biography

Jill C. Dardig is Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio Dominican University where she trained special education teachers for 30 years. During a sabbatical, Jill was a consultant at Centro da Vilariñha, a program that taught daily living and vocational skills to teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities, in Porto, Portugal. She has been a visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and presented workshops for teachers and parents in Europe, South America, and Asia. Dr. Dardig has written several books and other publications about and for parents including Involving Parents of Students with Special Needs: 25 Ready-to-Use Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008). Jill has an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Ed. and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts. William L. Heward is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. He has taught at universities in Brazil, Japan, Portugal, and Singapore and given lectures and workshops in 22 other countries. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Past President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Dr. Heward's publications include co-authoring the books, Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd ed., Pearson, 2020) and Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (12th ed., Pearson, 2022). Bill has also written for the popular market. Some Are Called Clowns (Crowell, 1974) chronicled his five summers as a pitcher for the Indianapolis Clowns, the last of the barnstorming baseball teams. Bill has a B.A. from Western Michigan University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts. Early in their careers, Jill and Bill helped found an early intervention program for children with autism and other disabilities in western Massachusetts. Married for 45 years, Jill and Bill live in Worthington, Ohio.