Describing is hard. For all of us.
When was the last time that you couldn't name what emotion you were feeling?
When was the last time you gave up telling a story because the other person was lost?
When was the last time you simply didn't even begin the story because there was too much to explain?
For those of us with speech-language deficits, describing is even harder.
Until you play the "picture game".
It goes like this:
1. Close your eyes
2. Make a picture in your head of your story
3. Tell 3 sentences about your story
For extra support, have the 1st sentence begin with "First", the 2nd with "Next", and the 3rd with "Last"
1. First, we went to the store.
2. Next, we walked down the aisle.
3. Last, we found the milk and paid for it.
When we are telling a story, we are re-living that story while we tell it, even if we are unaware of it. That's calling visualizing. That's why we are able to tell it effectively. If we stop visualizing, our story may lose its focus or get confusing.
Help yourself--and those in your life with speech-language needs-- get back on track by remembering to "make a picture in your head".
My name is Amy Lauer