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Behavior Specific Praise

Praise is the most commonly used version of reinforcement for all people. But, when praise is not SPECIFIC, one risks not identifying what the praise is even for. It's important to specify why you are praising your child/student, so they know exactly what to do next time they are looking for praise!



EXAMPLE: After a big presentation, if your boss says to you "good job!" would you know what he or she is talking about? They could mean "good job!" on the Powerpoint you made,"good job!" on the content used, or "good job!" on how you cleaned up the snacks after the presentation is over. Without specifically identifying what you did well, your boss has been ineffective with helping you to improve.


Within the same breath, saying "Good job on collaborating with each team member to get all of the necessary content for today's presentation. Keep it up!" accomplishes much more because of specificity. Now, you know exactly what to do the next time in order to contact that same reinforcement. You, as a result, will improve upon your presentation skills by replicating what you did well.



When praising ANYONE in your life, especially children who don't pick up on natural nuances and social skills, it is always most effective to tell them exactly what they did well, so that they know what to do again.



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