Self & Match System

Systematic Use of Self-Monitoring as a Behavioral Intervention
  • The Self & Match System for children of all ages

    The Self & Match System is a self-monitoring and motivational system firmly grounded in principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  This behavioral intervention encourages a collaborative approach to promoting systematic behavioral success for children and young adults using self-monitoring with a match component.   Self & Match has been implemented internationally across a variety of settings including: special and general education; home; camp; clinic; public, private, and parochial schools; post-secondary education; and sports programs. 

    Self & Match can be incorporated into individualized behavior systems, class-wide, and school-wide management procedures as a part of SWPBIS (School-wide Positive Behavior Supports & Interventions). Systematic planning before beginning an intervention makes a world of difference and is a fundamental element of the Self & Match system.  Each system is individually developed using a comprehensive considerations guide that is included within the Self & Match manual.  Self & Match is an inexpensive, data-based, & interactive intervention.

  • Self & Match System is a self-monitoring intervention and motivational system.
  • Four Fundamentals of The Self & Match System


    The Self & Match system incorporates a thorough Considerations Guide to implement PRIOR to beginning the intervention.


    We often advocate setting a student’s criteria for reward at 80-85% (sometimes even lower).  No one is perfect, no one should need 100% to access a reward, no one has a 100% day (not even your best student).


    Self & Match strongly urges the users of this (and other) interventions to link rewards to the student’s behavioral function(s).


    We highly suggest reviewing the data on a frequent basis to determine whether any phase changes are necessary.  A great thing about this system is that it will change and advance with the student. 

  • The Self & Match Manual: Foreword by Saul Axelrod

    Dr. Saul Axelrod has been a key figure in the behavior analytic community. He has over 40 years of teaching and research. We are overjoyed to have him write the forward for our newest edition of The Self & Match System: Systematic Use of Self-Monitoring as a Behavioral Intervention.

  • Saul Axelrod

  • Student Benefits of

    The Self & Match System

      • Promotes perspective taking
      • Gives students “ownership” and an active role in their behavior change
      • Promotes honesty
      • Promotes positive interactions among students and adults
      • Teaches students to accept “No”
      • Individually matches reinforcement to function of behavior
      • Children with disabilities (and without disabilities) often thrive with clear expectations and visual cues
      • Avoids reinforcing the behavior at the moment of inappropriate behavior
      • Teaches children examples and non-examples of behavior and teaches expected/unexpected behaviors (green/red choices)
      • Allows for some mistakes/”Aims for progress not perfection”
      • Teaches appropriate replacement behaviors/All questions are phrased positively/clearly state what’s expected
  • Teacher Benefits of

    The Self & Match System

      • Gives teacher “ownership” of the system
      • Collaborative
      • Incorporates current classroom management strategies
      • Uses “Considerations” Guide to identify individual student/class needs and incorporates teacher’s input which leads to higher likelihood of treatment fidelity
      • Takes 60 seconds or less to check-in
      • Hands-on and Interactive
      • Helps instructional staff by taking “arguing out of the equation”/less subjective
      • Same expectations across staff and environments
      • Relationship building between students and adults/Schedule of Praise
      • Data is inherent in system/easy for progress monitoring and data-based decisions
      • Decreases time spent correcting behavior/reprimanding & Increasing instructional time
      • Allows for individualization within a class-wide system
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to using the Self & Match Manual

    STEP 1 – Assemble a team of individuals that know the target student.  This team could include the target student, parents, Special Education teachers, General Education teachers, para-professionals/Instructional Assistants, related service personnel, School Psychologists, Behavior Specialist/Analyst, administrators, a private consultant and/or therapist independent of the school system, etc. 

    STEP 2 – If possible, attend Self & Match training(s).  A training schedule can be found at

    STEP 3 – Collect baseline data to determine target areas of need. (Always check with your state’s laws and school’s guidelines on completing a “Permission to Evaluate” form before collecting any type of data on a student).

    STEP 4 – As a team, complete the Considerations Prior to Implementation Guide.

    STEP 5 – Use the sample forms that are listed in this manual as a guide.  These sample forms are examples of the hundreds of individualized forms that have been created.  They can likely be a “launching point” for you, but based on your individual needs, they may also look very different.

    STEP 6 – Reference the “Supplemental Materials” section for additional data collection tools, progress monitoring sheets, letters to parents, reward ideas, etc.

    STEP 7 – Develop the Self & Match forms.  

    STEP 8 – Share the Self & Match forms with all members on your team for approval. 

    STEP 9 – Acquire/assemble all necessary materials and reinforcers for implementation of the system.

    STEP 10 – Develop a plan on who and how the system will be introduced to the student.

    STEP 11 – Implement the Self & Match system.

    STEP 12 – Assess the data and make changes when appropriate.

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