Saying GOOD to a child or when providing feedback on a session to parents is subjective, non-specific and means nothing. Additionally, the opposite of GOOD is BAD! So, if the feedback of “good” is being mentioned over and over to the child and parents… and if the cue GOOD is suddenly not mentioned they will think “this means I’m doing (or my child is doing) BAD???”
When providing feedback to parent a during a session:
Try this instead:
❌😵She did so good today!
✅👍She participated the whole time, sat upright and answered when asked.
When working on placement or speech sounds:
✅👍 Your tongue is in the right spot!
When asking a question to a child, recast their answer:
✅👍 Yes, that is a dog.
If you can’t think of a prompt response when providing feedback, say anything besides GOOD. Teaching children the concept “good and bad” during feedback, or when it is overheard during a parent conversation, tied to their learning is actually harmful. It’s beneficial to use anything besides good! Even using YES is better, more specific and provides feedback that is clear. I promise you, if you continue to use “good and bad” during a session your child will shut down eventually.