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Alpha and Beta Commands

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Uilani Elmer

on 11 January 2016

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Transcript of Alpha and Beta Commands

Increasing Child Compliance:
Understanding Alpha and Beta Commands

Beta commands are messy
Imagine that someone told you...
Alpha commands are concise
"Stop playing."
Things to consider
#1 Golden Rule
What are beta commands?
1) easy to dismiss or
2) too difficult to comply with
"Go down to the yard, look for David, see if he's playing okay, Michael shouldn't be playing today, make sure that the whole area is doing well too. Don't forget that the play leaders need to talk to you about something when you get down there, check with them before you leave."
"okay" and "well" are vague and subjective
he be doing?
"Get in line."
Multiple-step instructions should be broken down (e.g. "First, put the ball away, then get in line.")
"Can we walk in the hallway?"
"Walk please."
Beta commands are instructions that are:
In short, a beta command is a type of instruction that will likely
be followed.
"Follow the rules, or you'll be benched."
"You can be benched, so follow the rules."
Time limits can be used to emphasize instruction (e.g. "Walk over to your class right
Avoid lengthy explanations, keep the focus on your instruction.
It is easier for a child to understand what you want them to
doing, rather than what you want them to
Don't expect instant compliance; give the child 5 to 10 seconds to begin following the instruction.
Take pauses
when giving multiple step instructions (e.g. "Put the ball down...get in line...and keep your hands to yourself.")

Keep it simple.
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