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Did I get your attention? That’s right, my kids cannot be happy in speech! They can be thrilled, excited, delighted, etc, anything but happy!

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After working on emotional inferencing one day I realized I kept hearing the same words: happy, mad, and sad. ” She won the lottery. How do you think she feels? ”  My student’s standard response, ” Happy. ”  Ok, I don’t know about you but I would be ecstatic, thrilled, and doing back flips! A lot more than just ‘happy’.  So, I took drastic measures… I banned happy! I also banned mad and sad while I was at it.

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We used Kimochis to help us brainstorm some alternatives to these outlawed words. We wrote them down on a some colorful circles and I taped them to my whiteboard for quick student reference.  Now, if they say happy, sad, or mad, I simply point to the circles and they know to choose something different. This is been a great way to introduce shades of meaning too!

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Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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3 Responses

  1. I love this idea! I find myself asking my students to use a “stronger word” when they respond with ‘happy’, ‘mad’, or ‘sad’ and this is a great way to give them some support in choosing a replacement. Thanks!!

  2. I don’t allow the words ‘like, have, want, see’ used when making sentences with artic words. Too boring. Use your imagination.

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