To derive the maximum benefits from Joy Berry’s materials, it is recommended that an adult:
- Read the materials before presenting them to the child so the adult will be prepared to deal with any questions or comments that the child might have.
- Introduce the product one subject at a time.
- Introduce a subject at a time the child will be receptive to it.
- Discuss the subject with the child before presenting the materials.
- Try to relate the subject to the child’s recent experience or concern.
- Present the materials at a pace that is comfortable for the child. Depending on the child’s interest, it might be necessary to go through the materials a few pages at a time.
- Praise the child when he or she follows any advice put forth in the materials.
- Use completed materials as a reference whenever the need arises.
It is recommended that the adult:
- Avoid using the materials when the child feels stressed, overtired, or in a bad mood.
- Avoid using the materials as a punishment or negative consequence for the child’s misbehavior.
If the child is resistant to a particular subject, it is recommended that the adult:
- Recruit another person, such as a relative, babysitter, or teacher to present the materials.
- Offer the child a reward in exchange for using the materials. For example, postpone bedtime while the materials are being used, or allow the child to do a special activity after he or she finishes the materials.
- Use a motivational chart to inspire the child to use the materials. Offer a reward for completing the chart.