Praising Effectively

How to provide your child with behavior specific praise that will reinforce the behaviors you want to see. Behavior Specific Praise is a positive statement intended to reinforce the desired behavior of an individual that acknowledges the individual by name (or in a manner in which he/she knows they are being praised), specifically describes/identifies the individual’s behavior, and incorporates a term of praise. Identify the specific behavior to praise.Decide if the behavior qualifies for praise.If so, acknowledge the individual by...

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Strategies to Promote Language Development in Young Children

The following strategies can be utilized to promote language development in young children: 1) Speak to your child as often as possible. Some good topics for discussion are: Feelings Plans Present activities Past events It does not need to be extensive conversation. 2) Respond to your child each time there is an interaction initiated whether it be eye gaze, gesture, pointing, talking, etc. (try for at least 250 responses per hour) 3) Utilize diverse language when speaking to your child...

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