Summer is almost over and kids are almost ready to go back to school. The recurring fear for some kids about returning to school goes along the lines of: not fitting in, teacher not liking them, friends abandoning them, not making friends and not doing well in their classes. I work with students who often struggle with transitions and changes. Every year towards the end of summer, I spend time equipping them with positive vocabulary and phrases. Teaching positive language to kids may help reduce unnecessary fear and anxiety. I share with my clients that the possibilities are endless when we use positive words. Below are examples of some negative phrases that I worked with one of a 5th grader in switching around.
“It is too hard.” We say, “I am going to do my best.”
“I’m not good at this.” We say, “I need more practice.”
“This work is boring!” We say, “Let’s add some fun to this work!”
Our attitude can make a difference in how we approach situations. Some people are naturally positive people and others have to learn to stay positive. Before school starts or if school has already started work on strengthening your child’s weaknesses by using positive language with them. Positive language encourages positive attitudes and helps the child reach for higher goals.
Uduak (Udie) Osom holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from San Jose State University. Udie has served students of all ability levels from preschool through grade 12, for over 20 years. She is very passionate about neuro-developmental disabilities and social-cognitive disabilities. She is the owner/director of Innovative Therapy Services, a pediatric speech, language and social skills clinic in Santa Clara, CA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.