Happy New Year!
I am not heavy into blogging, mainly because I can not maintain a consistent posting routine with content. I am a consistent Instagram-er. I thought, how I can keep work/life/side-hustle balance in my life while still delivering content in a variety of forms?
I decided to make a digest of monthly instagram posts.
For the folks who prefer reading blogs over Instagram/Facebook, here are my posts about communication tips, mental health, and me!
We all do “weird” things, or at least weird to somebody else. Lots of things I do are called weird by someone else, like pairing this bumpy sleeve grandma sweater with combat boots 🤷🏽♀️. #kendratsays Be you especially when you are weird. Nahmean weirdo? What is weird about you?
.....For my clients, students, and my whole life. I pair self-awareness skill-building with any and every communication goal written.
My personal goal for a few years has been to increase self-awareness of my emotions, vulnerability, sarcasm, and interpersonal messages.
#kendratsays Self-awareness means knowing who and where you are so you can make changes and/or progress.
Our voice carries our feelings and it changes in quality at times when we are speaking passionately.
A Shaky, Squeaky, or "Wavy" Voice during a high-stakes conversation is reasonable.
Here are strategies to manage your "wavy" voice:
-Plan your conversation with a script or outline of your points.
-Practice your script so you feel confident.
-Prepare to get a response you may/ may not want.
Whatever the response, at least you got yourself together to have the challenging conversation.
Some people don’t naturally and intuitively understand how to use and understand language in social situations, perhaps because of an autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, or lack of exposure. Really, don’t we have have some level of awkwardness in one situation or another?
Parents, you can help build social communication skills in your child with the tips in this 3 part series by making them age-appropriate for your child.
Explain the meanings in figures of speech because people with social communication difficulty may take things very literally. Explain the things that people say that don’t mean what it seems i.e. “Kill two birds with one stone” or “fly by night”.
Haven’t we all 🤔 at these sayings at some point?
You can explain or learn how empathy works: the hows and whys of other people’s social communication. For example, it is polite to say “hello how are you” before asking for something, or why someone may have a worried feeling. Social stories are great for allllllll of that.
Bonus recommendation! Work with professionals who specialize in social communication and all things sensory: Speech language pathologist, early interventionist/play therapy, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and various programs in your area.