About the presenter: Diane Games, M.A. is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist and co-owner of Tri-County Speech Associates Inc., a private practice in the Cincinnati area. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders and part of the Initial Cadre of fluency specialists. Professional activities have included the presidency of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and honors of OSLHA in 1994. She also teaches a graduate level course in Fluency and Fluency Disorders at Miami University. She has presented several workshops on the treatment of fluency disorders and has coordinated the Fluency Friday Plus project in the Cincinnati area for the last six years.

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Which Behavior Can I Change?

by Diane Games
from Cincinnati, OH

This activity worksheet for adults structures changing one behavior or interaction using a series of steps. The adult and the therapist each select a behavior or action to change. This worksheet helps the adult understand the importance of breaking down tasks and analyzing factors which might interfere with successful completion of goals.

Developing Your Skills

People who are successful tend to generalize about their strengths or things that they do well. For example, "I am good at writing, so I'll do well as a reporter." They also consider mistakes to be isolated incidents, not overgeneralizations of general worth.

Less accomplished people tend to do the opposite. For example, "I am bad at bowling, so I will probably be bad at most sports."

Let's Try an Experiment!

List three skills you do well in the left column and the skills you want to improve or master in the right column.

Then select one of the skills you want to improve or master and adopt the mind-set of the successful. Assume you will be able to master it.

Answer the Following Questions:

How & when will you implement this plan?

There are many obstacles to learning something new such as:

  1. Lack of time to devote to the new activity.
  2. Feeling too tired.
  3. Lack of a support group or people who support your changeŠi.e. people who think you will fail!
Which one of these is most likely to stop you? How could you avoid letting this obstacle trip you up?

Do you know how you learn best? (Select One): Reading a book about something, a demonstration, or a coach/teacher/therapist?

How can you get the kind of instruction that helps you perform best?

How can you break down the task into manageable steps? Can you set up a system of accountability?

Adapted from concepts read in Enriching the Brain by Eric Jensen, (Jossey-Bass, July-2006).

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August 15, 2007
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