Jada's grades are slipping, as is her focus in the classroom. So we are resorting to that time-tested method of parenting: bribery.
All kidding aside, here's my justification for rewards for good grades. Jada is bright. But part of her communicative delays manifest themselves in not quite having her head in the game at times when she's supposed to. If all it takes is a small behavioral nudge - an A in math means more Legos - that may just do the trick.
The broader lessons have little to do with an external motivator to try harder. On our radar screen are the more vexing challenges of cultivating a love of learning as well as an ability to persevere when things are hard or boring. For now, we'll do with straight incentives.