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Tell the child clearly what the good behaviour is you want to see.
Only attempt to deal with one or two problem behaviours at a time and donít expect miracles; expect to move forward n small steps.
Try to notice any good behaviours, even small ones.
Choose small rewards and give rewards each day, normally immediately following good behaviour
Get your child to help you choose the rewards.
Give rewards only after the desired behaviour has been achieved.
Reward ordinary, everyday achievements.
Explain clearly why rewards are given.
Have a variety of different rewards on offer.
Let your child know that you have confidence he or she will behave well and achieve the rewards
Crayons, paper, pencils, colouring books.
Surprise small bag with marbles, rubbers etc.
small toy e.g. car.
Hire a childís video of childís choice.
Special treat in lunch box.
Clothing for doll or added section for toy.
Choosing breakfast cereal.
Special snack after nursery/school.
Visit 50p shop.
SPECIAL TREATS AT HOME
Choosing pudding for the family.
Dressing up in parentís clothes
Having a friend for tea, or overnight.
Choice of TV programmes.
Making cake with parent.
SPECIAL TREATS OUTSIDE HOME
Staying with friends or family.
Trip to park.
Going to the pictures.
Riding bike in safe area.
Ride on escalator 3 to 4 times.
Visit zoo, Leigh Park Gardens, Sealife Centre.
Going to the beach, making sandcastles.
SPECIAL TREATS WITH PARENTS
Extra bedtime story.
Help plan the dayís activities.
Doing puzzle / craft activities.
Extra playtime with parent.
Watching favourite TV programme with parents.
Praise your child when he or she is being good, donít wait for perfect behaviour.
Praising is not going to spoil a child.
Difficult children need more frequent praise.
Tell your child very clearly why you are praising.
Vary the words you use.
Praise should only follow good behaviour.
Be enthusiastic and give good eye contact when you praise.
Give praise immediately after good behaviour.
When praising a young child, give cuddles, pats and kisses etc.
Praise children in front of adults and other children.
100 Ways To Say ĎWell Doneí
I like it
What a good try
What a brainwave
You do work well
Thatís good work
Youíre a star
You are doing well
Well figured out
I like that
You are doing great
Youíve done really well
Keep on trying
You show real promise
You have great ideas
Youíve mastered it
Well thought out
Youíve fitted a lot in
How imaginative you are
Good problem solving
What a perfect example
Well worked through
Iím very proud of you
Iím proud of your work
You are really tuned into work today
Itís a pleasure to see you work like that.
One more attempt and youíll be there
Youíre work is improving
You are a pleasure to teach
Thatís good thinking
A very good try
You learn quickly
Youíve got the hang of it
Youíve done better than ever
Thatís a fine attempt
Youíre a problem solver
I couldnít have done better myself
You soon mastered that
You really stuck with it
You donít give up
Youíve got that down to a fine art
The above handouts have been developed from the work of Carolyn Webster-Stratton particularly: The Incredible Years: A Trouble-Shooting Guide For Parents Of Children Aged 3-8 Years. Umbrella Press, Seattle (1992).
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