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Self-Instruction Training

Description of the Strategy

Self-instruction training is an evidenced-based treatment strategy usually employed as part of a cognitivebehavioral intervention. In self-instruction training, emphasis is placed on teaching the individual a variety of self-statements that would be used by the individual to either control his or her behavior or perform certain tasks.

The theoretical base for self-instruction training was derived from Lev Vygotsky's and Aleksandr Luria's work in the late 1950s on the functional relationship between language and behavior. Vygotsky theorized that as children internalize verbal commands, they take a critical step toward voluntary control of their own behavior. Luria, Vygotsky's student, elaborated on this theory by proposing that children undergo two developmental shifts concerning language and behavior. According to Luria, children's behaviors ...

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