Face to Face conversations are becoming more of a challenge in our social media driven society. Technology allows us to access information from around the world within seconds. We can stay connected to our family and friends anywhere and at any time. The educational opportunities for children are incredible! Parents and educators can hardly keep up with all of the options that are available. If one were to consider only these factors, then technology would look like the greatest gift for the advancement of mankind.
However, society is subtly becoming desensitized to the true value of face to face dialogue. It serves a much deeper purpose than to simply share a little “one-on-one” time. Face to face conversations are key to our ability to communicate with each other because they offer more than just the words that we say. They offer a multi-faceted experience, using facial expressions, body gestures, tone of voice, and eye to eye interaction.
Technology can only take us so far in our personal endeavors (ie. building friendships, job interviews). It cannot replace this integral form of communication from one human being to another.
What is our Role as Caregivers?
As parents and educators, part of our role is to support our children’s ability to maintain the skills required for face to face dialogue. These skills impact the children’s ability to succeed academically and socially. Articulate individuals are often successful because they have the ability to appropriately and confidently express their thoughts and opinions, achieve their personal goals, and positively impact society with their unique talents and giftedness. Ultimately, it is our ability to effectively interact in the presence of others which will define our success.
Multi-Sensory Teaching Works!
So how do we help children improve their conversation skills? Modelling and personal experiences occur naturally in our day to day living. However, this may not be enough. When formal instruction is required, multi sensory teaching allows us to incorporate our senses into a highly engaging and interactive learning environment. Research has proven that children have a much higher rate of success when they are given the opportunity to learn through a multi sensory approach.
WHAT PARENTS & EDUCATORS ARE SAYING
“I’ve noticed several remarkable changes in Aden since he began using the Color My Conversation program with Rosslyn. The first significant change, and a real “a-ha” moment for Aden, was when he finally understood the importance of eye contact. This small detail changed everything for him. For the first time in his life, he began to engage with the people around him and, more importantly (to him) began to get friendly, interested responses in return.
For me, a huge encouragement has been the feedback I’ve received from many of my friends, most of whom do not
know that Aden is receiving any kind of therapy. Several have taken the time to seek me out to tell me that they’ve seen a real change in him. They’ve told me of the great conversations they’ve had – and most have commented that this is something very new in their relationship with him. Some have been a little more blunt and have told me he… doesn’t talk nonsense anymore, and they feel that they can really talk to him now and meet the real Aden….
ABOUT ROSSLYN DELMONICO
Rosslyn Delmonico, MA, RSLP, CCC-SLP has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over40 years both within the private and public school systems, and has had her own private practice since 1991. Through her years of experience, she has worked almost exclusively with school-aged children and teens, with her main focus of interest being on those with language impairments.
Rosslyn saw a need for a connected and comprehensive social language program, which would take language impaired children from a basic greeting to the most complicated conversation that they were capable of having. In 2006, she started developing a speech language therapy tool for children called Color My Conversation. Since that time, it has continued to emerge as a social language based program applicable for both special needs and mainstream children.