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Helping Students Develop Self-Talk

on February 16, 2014

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Self-regulation is established through internalized self-talk.  Self-talk precedes the development of planning and problem solving.  Many of the lunch buddies need us (the adults) to help them find the words to self-regulate.  We are providing models of self-talk scripts and making scripts visual.

Our resources include:

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This wonderful curriculum gives us scripts that help students be flexible.  There is a Big Deal/Little Deal script that helps students distinguish between what is important and unimportant.  It also provides a strategy for changing a big deal into a little deal.  Two other scripts, Choice/No Choice and Handling the Unexpected are provided.

 

We also like http://www.projectlearnet.org/tutorials/impulsiveness_disinhibition.html.  This site gives us instructional strategies to assist students with self-regulatory difficulties.  There are video illustrations for each script.  An example is the Ready/Not Ready script.

1.  Identify/label the issue (e.g., “I’m not sure that you’re ready”)

2.  State the reason (e.g. “You’re not ready because you don’t have…”)

3.  Offer a strategy (e.g. “I’ll know you’re ready when you…”)

4.  General reassurance (e.g. “Great; you look ready.  There’s always something that works, isn’t there?”)

We always want to consider a way of fading the external support over time.

 

Learning from the work of Sarah Ward (https://cognitiveconnectionstherapy.com/) is benefiting our students.  If you do a Google search of Sarah Ward Executive Functions, you will find several pdf documents of handouts from her presentations.  Here is a sample of a self-talk script that I created for one of our sweet girls who doesn’t know what to do to make positive things happen.  With some students, we have to teach/provide the script.

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Ms. Ward instructs “Don’t cue to do-cue to know what to do”.

 

Visit Jennifer Hatfield’s store at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com and see her great Executive Functions Game Guide.  She has created suggested script to use as you play the game Sorry! with your child.

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Check out her website http://www.therapyandlearningservices.com for more executive function info.

I will be in school on President’s Day, will you?

My Best,

Robin

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One response to “Helping Students Develop Self-Talk

  1. jillkuzma says:

    Hey there Robin…. hope you are doing well… I have a quick question for you – I want to pick your brain on something… will you shoot me an email? I can’t find your email address – I thought I had it somewhere because I know we have talked…. my email is: jill_kuzma@yahoo.com Thanks! J

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