I understand the message but the analogy is flawed. The branch broke; words have no impact on objects, and thus, her speech made no difference on the tree. The grinch stole my pancreas If he had let go, out of panic, it’d been a different matter. Because, how we instruct others, could make a difference in a dangerous situation.
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This is exactly the strategy l use when teaching my children with disabilities. I always say what I want them to do e.g. “Stay in the playground, use a quiet voice, sit better in your chair” I also randomly comment on the behaviour l want to ensure it’s repeated e.g “Good sitting, good writing, great walking, nice job” One of my non-verbal students communicated with his mother how upset he was that she had not told him he was a ‘good boy’ all day. She was shocked that he was even listening The grinch stole my pancreas when it was being said let alone ‘needing to hear it’. The power of positive language can transform any individual in any situation. Okay, the parable you presented has at least one flaw and the concept is not good for all purposes. But then you probably don’t want to hear why I am saying so because it might seem negative. This reminds me of all the parents I see who slap and spank their restless toddlers and say, “Stop being naughty!” I think they would, if they knew what that meant! Other parents, in the same situation will tell their child what they want to see happen, “Stay by Mommy and hold my hand” or “come sit by me and look at this book while we wait”. They used to tell us in our elementary education courses that if you don’t explain to your students exactly what you expect to see them doing, they will come up with something on their own, and you might not find it as acceptable as what you had in mind!