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Verbal Reinforcers

Specific positive comments made to children during the game are a powerful way to reinforce prosocial skills and build positive self-concepts. Verbal reinforcers need to be specific, immediate and applied liberally to be effective.


For example:



  • I like the way you kept trying to work out solutions

  • It’s great that you waited for your turn even though it was hard

  • Good listening (waiting, sharing, helping, encouraging, comforting etc)

  • Thank you for sharing (waiting, listening, being kind etc)

  • That was a fair (kind, friendly, etc) thing to do

  • I can see being fair (honest, helpful etc) is important to you

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