Behavior-Specific Praise

behavior specific praise

Going Past “Good Job”

Praise is a simple, yet powerful tool. Behavior-Specific Praise is a form of reinforcement describing desired Behavior that is Specific to the child, through a positive Praise statement.

So what is BSP?

It is a positive praise statement describing a specific behavior. It’s a way to provide positive attention to appropriate behaviors. BSP is a non-intrusive way to reinforce desirable behaviors in various settings.

Why is it important?

  • Builds confidence in actions and accomplishments
  • Helps inform the child of behaviors are expected
  • Promotes more positive relationships

How to use it: 



  • Great job taking turns!
  • Thank you for cleaning up when you heard the timer!
  • I see that you’re sharing your toys with friends, great choice!
  • Thank you for keeping your hands to yourself!
  • Great job raising your hand before answering the question!
  • I see that you are in line and waiting, great job practicing patience!
  • Great job!
  • Thank you!
  • Way to go!
  • Excellent!
  • Well done!
  • Good work!

BSP Tips & Reminders:

  • Be descriptive and precise
  • Be sincere
  • Be clear about expected behaviors
  • Avoid comparison to peers
  • Use more frequently than reprimands (4:1 ratio of praise to corrective statements)


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