• Atlanta school's video will make you rethink how you talk to kids

    By: Helena Oliviero , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


    A video made by the Atlanta Speech School illustrates the impact that different attitudes and phrases have on children.

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    The video starts with a young boy who explains what it feels like when an adult ignores him or loses patience with him.

    When he begins his day, he is happy and upbeat, giving a bus driver an enthusiastic hello that's met with little more than a dismissive wave of a hand. Throughout the day, his interactions with teachers and other adults leave him deflated. 

    The Atlanta Speech School, a comprehensive school for language and literacy, has released the compelling new video, titled "Every Opportunity," which switches gears halfway through the piece to illustrate how teachers, school bus drivers and other school staff -- through small every day changes showing kindness inside and outside the classroom -- can enhance a child's ability to thrive and learn. Ultimately, the video shows examples of how teachers, school bus drivers and school staff can make the most of every interaction with students.


    "Everyone a child meets throughout the day can make a difference -- all the difference," Comer Yates, executive director of the Atlanta Speech School, said in a press release. "Every time a child is ignored, or yelled at or silenced, a teacher takes away what is possible. As the video exemplifies, each of these moments can be missed opportunities to empower a child and develop their vocabulary."

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