Opportunities to Provide Positive Reinforcement with Your Child
There are endless opportunities to provide positive reinforcement to children throughout the day, and almost anything can turn out to be a reinforcer.
- Verbal reinforcement. Talk to a child about what he’s doing; ask questions about his family, his pet, his culture, what he likes to do at school and at home, and listen attentively to the answers; share jokes; ask him to help you or another child with a task; ask him what he would like to do; let him know that you enjoy being with him and are glad that he is in your class; show appreciation for his contributions to the group, his sense of humor, or his sensitivity; tell him that he is a good friend and that the other children like him.
- Nonverbal reinforcement. Give a child a friendly smile, a high-five, a hug, or a cuddle; be his partner or let him sit on your lap; offer help; take the time to teach him a new skill; readily comply with a child’s request. Some children are tickled pink when the teacher chooses to sit by them or join in their activity. Sometimes giving a child the time to finish his work or putting it on the wall is enough to let him know that you think what he is doing is important.
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