Wednesday Jun 24, 2020

Gemma White: Fostering a Growth Mindset With Core Words

This week, Rachel interviews Gemma White, an SLP who owns a private practice specializing in AAC and feeding support. Gemma and Rachel discuss a “growth mindset” and why mindset is important for everyone, including people with complex communication needs.


Before the interview, Rachel and Chris play a game where Rachel decides on which words she would use to communicate with fictional “veggie” creatures! Then, Rachel and Chris discuss resources for learning about state license reciprocity and how Chris teaches growth mindset to his kids.


Key ideas this week: 


🔑 The idea behind a “growth mindset” is that a person’s personality, intelligence and abilities are not fixed. People grow, change, and develop when they make mistakes and decide on a path forward.


🔑 Promoting a growth mindset isn’t just being a cheerleader- it’s also about fostering an environment where people are brave enough to make mistakes, receive feedback on what was done correctly and incorrectly,  and choose a path forward


🔑 We can promote growth mindset while also teaching core language and modeling. We can model things like “you tried, it’s hard, you can do it” to support the idea that learning is a process, they made an error, and we are going to move forward.


🔑 When giving corrective feedback, try to say “not yet” instead of “no”.


You can find out more about Gemma at and on Instagram (@a.spoonful) 


Check out Picseepal, a low tech communication tool that is mobile, durable, and splash-proof, at and on Facebook at 




Dweck, C. S. (2008). Mindset: The new psychology of success. Random House Digital, Inc..


Dweck, C. S. (2000). Self-theories: Their role in motivation, personality, and development. Psychology press.


Rhew, E., Piro, J. S., Goolkasian, P., & Cosentino, P. (2018). The effects of a growth mindset on self-efficacy and motivation. Cogent Education, 5(1), 1492337.

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