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Self-talk is the guiding self-dialog that occurs by an individual while

completing a task.
Self-talk is also known as private speech, and are statements made aloud,
whispered or silent to oneself.
Self-talk is based on a theory made by Vygotsky that talking aloud to
oneself while attempting tasks is related to how one prepares and carries
out the task.
Self-talk can be a tool for students because it urges the student to focus on
the process of the task.

Self-Talk is important for a few reasons.

Students who use and

are more aware of verbal
strategies are more likely
to strive and complete
challenging tasks.

strategies have been
shown to be helpful with
difficulties in math,
impulsive behaviors,
problem solving, and
reading comprehension.

Students with Learning

Disabilities are more
likely to make negative
self talk statements,
which can interfere with
math performance.

Self talk can make

improvments with
planning, completion,
and perceived difficuly of
a task

Self talk is a proactive

solution for students
experiencing anxiety.

Self talk can benefit

students with Learning
Disabilities, Emotional
Disturbance, and

Steps to Self - Talk

I can use Self-Talk with

students to address

Test Anxiety

Introduce Self-Talk
along with
examples of
Positive and

Long Written Essays

Complex Math


Sport Games

Assessment of
the task- Label
and Plan

Any type of
Social Interactions
Recognize any
negative self

Guided Practice

Reinforce for
completion of a
job well done

Confront and
negatives with



Im not good at this

What am I missing?

I give up

I will use some of the strategies Ive learned

This is too hard

This may take some time and effort

I will never be as smart as her

Im going
to figure out what she does and try it

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