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In the Respond At The Right Time strategy, the key is to give your child constant immediate feedback, so they know their attempt is worth it and feel motivated to continue. By responding promptly and positively, you can create a sense of reinforcement that helps solidify lessons for the long run. Providing fast responses to your child’s efforts can help facilitate quick change and encourage them to associate communication or interaction with immediate positive rewards. Ultimately, this can help build a strong foundation of trust and positive reinforcement that will benefit your child in the long term.


Below are videos that illustrate this strategy and make sure to download the supporting PDF workbook.

Something to ponder: Imagine that your teacher at school doesn’t assess each of your tests or exams. Sometimes she does, but most of the time she doesn’t, how can you know if you are right and are progressing? Imagine your partner at home doesn’t tell you if your home cooked meal is good. Sometimes, they do, but most of the time they don’t, how can you know if your food is liked and you’re a good cook?

Lesson Takeaways

  • For fastest change, you want fastest possible response
  • Notice, listen and respond to any type of interaction or communication given to you, or even attempted.
  • Don’t assume that they should know things or do things well from the first time, it’s better to give feedback about it so they know what direction to keep on taking.
  • The timing of the positive response that you give matters in order to reinforce the right brain pattern
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