For the parts of treatment that cause the most distress, kids can earn Bravery Bucks® and redeem them for fun items and prizes at the Courage Store® at Blank Children’s Hospital. This incentive helps keep children motivated and feeling empowered throughout treatment.
Earning Bravery Bucks:
Each patient chooses three treatment types from a checklist that may cause the most distress. Bravery Bucks are then earned every time the child completes one of the three treatment types. As a reminder, the patient’s three chosen tasks are written on a slip in their new lanyard, which can hold their Bravery Bucks, too. The patient also receives a chart to keep track of tasks completed outside the clinic or inpatient care. Earned bucks can then be collected on the next visit.
Redeeming Bravery Bucks:
Located in the clinic’s family room cupboard at Blank Children’s Hospital, the Courage Store is packed with prizes and incentives and has three levels:
- 1 Bravery Buck
- 5 Bravery Bucks
- 10 Bravery Bucks
Patients can spend their Bravery Bucks as they’re earned, or they can save up for a bigger prize and/or gift cards. Any available staff member or volunteer can exchange Bravery Bucks for prizes from the Courage Store.
- There is no limit to how many Bravery Bucks® a patient can earn per day.
- Patients receive a buck for each successfully completed task, no matter how they coped during the process.
- If a patient forgets to bring their Bravery Bucks® to their clinic appointment, they can fill out the chart at home and bring it in to the next appointment to collect their earned bucks.
- Once the child has mastered the task, we encourage them to choose a different task that is more challenging.