As we go about our daily routine, our internal monologue narrates our experience. Our self-talk guides our behavior and influences the way we interact with others. It also plays a major role in how you feel about yourself, other people, and the world in general…Amy Morin. “Calm, M….Calm M!” M repeated over and over to himself. Lately I have been over hearing M’s self-talk, “Ok, M…Ok M” or “Good job…Good job” or “M, you doing…M, you doing!” are just some of the phases M has been saying to himself. It hit me like a ton of bricks that M was repeating portions what people including myself are saying to him as part of his self-talk. M has so much going on in his beautiful mind, he often need time to process everything even if it means talking to himself out-loud. Honestly, self-talk can be a blessing. After all, it’s a part of our thinking process. Our self-talk would be connected to our self-image. All of us has had internal conversations/self-talk about moral dilemmas we’re facing or maybe how we see ourselves behaving. Often times we become our own worst critic. On the other hand, we may justify or be passive in inner monologue concerning our actions. Honestly, it’s hard to keep a balance of not nitpicking ourselves to death and being truthful with ourselves. Teaching M to see himself the way our Creator view him, hopefully will guide his self-talk into noticing/understanding his actions without harsh self-criticism. I recently seen a movie called ‘Float’ by Disney Pixar. It reminded me the value of honest self-talk. As a parent of a child that ‘Float’ you will have moments where you pray and your self-talk consist of “It’s going to be ok…you can do this…just breath” or “Don’t worry about how others perceive him/her…him/her is valued and a beautiful gift!”. Yes M is fine tuning his self-talk confirming his self-worth, hence having fundamental individuals around him contribute to his beautiful floating light!
Simply an autism mom writing down my self-talk