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"Don't or Do"

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Summary

Good behavior in children is positively reinforced by suggesting a better way to do things instead of hearing a simple command.

Instructional Strategies

1. Gather participants and demonstrate ÒTouch nicelyÓ instead of ÒDonÕt hit,Ó 2. After demonstrating, remind the children by asking, ÒHow do you touch nicely?Ó 3. Ask them what they could say instead of ÒDonÕt touch the lamp?Ó After they have offered a few ideas, suggest that they think of an alternate object to play with. For example, say, ÒYou can touch and play with the pans.Ó 4. Ask them what might be another way of saying, ÒDonÕt run!Ó If they suggest, ÒPlease use your walking feet,Ó acknowledge that as a good way to get the message across. 5. Likewise, suggest, ÒPlease speak respectfully, like thisÉ,Ó instead of ÒDonÕt speak that way!Ó 6. Think of examples of nice, positive ways to elicit more gentle behavior.

Participant Tasks

1. Practice saying, ÒTouch nicelyÓ instead of ÒDonÕt hit.Ó 2. Practice saying, ÒYou can touch and play with the pansÓ instead of ÒDonÕt touch the lamp!Ó say, 3. Practice saying, ÒPlease use your walking feetÓ instead of ÒDonÕt run!.

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