You’ve probably seen the posters all over the internet: Before You Speak, THINK. While these are a fantastic way to get our learners to think before they speak, the ideas shared in the THINK acronym are a bit on the abstract side.
While this might not be a problem for many of our kids, for those who struggle with language, it is. I’ve created P.L.O.T. instead. This acronym includes more concrete ideas that can more explicitly be taught to help our learners who struggle with language or social skills think before they speak.
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Before You Speak…PLOT it Out
I’m going to be honest and tell you that I’ve used the THINK acronym in the past with my own kids. When it wasn’t working well, I took a long look at it and then it dawned on me: it was too abstract.
Words like “kind” and “necessary” were too abstract for my son who struggled with language and social skills. He simply could not wrap his head around these ideas. He needed something more explicit. So, P.L.O.T. was born.
P.L.O.T. stands for:
P – Posture and Position: Learners need to understand that their non-verbal body language expresses meaning. The way they hold their face and their body or how close they stand to someone also gives a message to others.
L – Language: We want learners to think about the words they use. For example, strong language can turn others off. Using manners can draw people in. The kind of language we use often depends on the situation, too.
O – Others’ Feelings: This one is a little more on the abstract side, but can still be taught. Our words are powerful. They can build others up or tear others down. Spend some time talking and modeling the difference.
T – Tone & Volume of your Voice: The tone you use when you speak sends the listener a message. You can say the same words but send a different message with just your tone. Your voice also needs to be the appropriate volume. Different volumes are needed for different places.
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- Social Problem Solving Posters
- Checking for Understanding Printable Page & Poster
- Handling BIG Emotions with B.E.S.T.
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