Ever found yourself wondering why your child seems overwhelmed by choices or why a simple instruction can lead to confrontation? This week, Kaity and Adriane's conversation with Linda K. Murphy, a speech-language pathologist and RDI® Consultant, answers this question and more. You'll learn all about declarative language and its powerful role in connecting more deeply with our kids, especially those navigating social learning differences.

Episode 37 also explores:
🔥 the impact of stress on learning
🔥 techniques for managing decision-making anxiety
🔥 practical examples of how parents and teachers can incorporate declarative language into their daily interactions
🔥 the importance of creating space for learners to process information and express themselves
🔥 tips for modeling self-regulation and emotional regulation throughout the day
🔥 the concept of visual referencing
🔥 and so much more!

From engaging games to verbalizing coping strategies, you'll leave this episode with the tools to promote a more inviting and supportive approach to communication. So tune in now and learn how a shift in language can lead to a transformation in growth and well-being for both you and your child.

🔑 Declarative language involves making comments rather than asking questions or giving commands, creating a supportive and engaging environment for learners.
🔑 Tone and nonverbal communication play a crucial role in declarative language, and it is important to align them with the positive intention of the communication.
🔑 Modeling self-regulation and emotional regulation can help children learn to manage their own emotions and behaviors.

Linda is a speech-language pathologist and RDI® Consultant. She co-founded Peer Projects Therapy From the Heart, a clinic in Beverly, MA, dedicated to helping kids and families by using a positive, thoughtful communication style that emphasizes understanding, patience, respect, and kindness. Linda has been working with individuals with social learning differences for over 25 years. She leads trainings on the topic of social learning, has authored Declarative Language Handbook, Co-Regulation Handbook, numerous articles, and co-authored the book Social Thinking and Me with Michelle Garcia Winner. Linda lives north of Boston with her husband and their two busy lovable boys and you can find her at