It is important for parents and teachers to model how to “talk-back.” In Psychology Today magazine, May/June 2015, the cover article was on using Your Inner Voice: How to Talk to Yourself and Why it Matters. The researchers found that inner talk is one of the most effective, least-utilized tools available to master the psyche and foster life success. They also found that when we talk back to ourselves it decreases rumination. So children who do things impulsively, especially in answering questions, need to learn to talk back to themselves more frequently.
In teaching “Talk-Back” encourage the child to ask the questions themselves, instead of you asking the questions of the child. Ask them, “What question can you ask yourself right now?” This gets them in the habit of asking the question instead of always listening to the question. This encourages active practice and therefore mastery. Remember if you are not actively using and practicing using the pathway, it won’t get stronger.
Some good tools to build the Talk-Back System is using SET Game www.setgame.com. You can’t play this game unless you talk back to yourself. This can be used to increase the Talk-Back system in both the verbal and nonverbal child.
Another tool for building the Talk-Back System for reading comprehension is the Project Read. This directly helps for increasing retention for answering questions at the end of a chapter, written expression, and summarizing what was just read.
For more specific information and demonstration videos on the Talk-Back System, SET Game, and Project Read and how to use it in your child’s or students curriculum, see the 7 Steps to Maximize Learning Potential in Any Child.