The following post is on behalf of RDI® Consultant Linda Murphy.

I’ll be launching my new book (Declarative Language Handbook) on Amazon in a couple of weeks!

Using a Thoughtful Language Style to Help Kids with Social Learning Challenges Feel Competent, Connected and Understood

Do you know a child that struggles to be flexible? Is it hard for them to express their emotions calmly using language – often getting upset instead? They might also have trouble making friends or telling you what they did during the day.

These skills are needed in life! Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way that you could support growth in these areas that was woven into everyday interactions and social opportunities?

That is what this book is about. It’s to help you, the person who cares deeply about someone with these challenges, use everyday moments to teach and guide your child’s social development.

You might be a therapist or a teacher, or you might be a parent, grandparent, or babysitter. This book was written to help you feel equipped to make a difference, simply by being mindful of your own communication and speaking style. What you say, and how you say it, matters!

To find out more information about the release of the Declarative Language Handbook you can go to one of the following pages:


Linda Murphy has been a speech language pathologist since 1999. She is also a Certified Early Intervention Specialist and an RDI® Program Certified Consultant – in fact, she is one of the few people in Massachusetts certified to offer the RDI® program. She graduated from Boston College in 1993 with a degree in Mathematics. After spending two years working with adults with autism, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College. Since then, Linda has provided services to children ranging from toddlers to young adults in a range of educational and other settings, including schools, daycares, homes, summer camps, playgrounds, her office and university clinics. She enjoys working collaboratively with families and other members of a child’s team. She has a private practice in Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information, visit her at or read more of her articles at