Written by Crystal Wilson, RBT

​What is positive specific behavior praise? It is a statement that describes the observable behavior with a positive label. Examples include,  “I like how you put your clothes away.” And “Thanks for using nice words when asking me if you could have a cookie.”

When using praise, we are identifying the behaviors we enjoy and want to increase.

Acknowledge what a person is doing correctly or appropriately. Can they appropriately play by themselves for 5 minutes? Can they ask you for items and activities using nice words? If so, praise them while the are being appropriate and engaged in the behaviors we want to see increase!

We enjoy making others smile. Being specific when praising your child will boost their self-esteem and allow the child to know exactly why they are being praised!