Parent – What is Descriptive praise? | Mark Taylor | Canberra Psychologist

Publication1ZRMark Taylor | Canberra Psychologist
– when the child is disruptive, parents can react emotionally & inadvertently “negatively reinforce” misbehaviour by providing the child with attention (even if it is negative)
– however, parents usually do nothing when the child is quiet
– Professor Mark Dadds suggests changing this and praising the child
– he says parents should remember the child wants to spend time with you
– he says parents would do well to remember not to give up when the child misbehaves, & to instead watch for good behaviour & praise the child in an unpredictable way, based on love & engagement so as to reinforce attachment
Source: ADHD – Kids on Speed [ABC TV] – [broadcast date: Feb 2014] – Anger Diary | – Sleep Diary – relaxation diary | – positive diary – behavioural activation diary | – my CBT workbook – confidence boosters | – anger management guide


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