Conversation Social Stories

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Social stories are excellent tools for teaching a variety of interpersonal skills. In this lesson, you will find samples of social stories that teach conversational skills.

Importance of Conversational Skills

We've all struggled through awkward conversations with people who need to work on their basic conversational skills. Conversational skills can be particularly difficult for students with social and cognitive disabilities; that's why it's important to teach them how to talk to each other.

Social stories are brief scenarios that present appropriate and inappropriate social behavior in a simple, step-by-step fashion. Many teachers use social stories to teach students social expectations. As you teach conversational skills, consider using or personalizing these social stories. Adding details that appeal to a specific student can make the stories more powerful.

What Is a Conversation?

I like to talk. Dad sometimes says I talk his ear off - he means that I talk too much. Dad says that the best kind of talking is called conversation. Conversation is when two or more people take turns talking and listening to each other about the same thing.

For example, Dad and I were talking about the movie we watched last night.

''That superhero movie was really great!'' I said.

''I liked it too,'' said Dad. ''What was your favorite part?''

''I liked the car chase. Which part did you like?'' I asked.

''I liked the part where the really tall building fell over,'' said Dad.

''Can we watch the movie again tonight?'' I asked.

''I guess so,'' Dad answered, ''after you finish your homework.''

Dad and I had a conversation. There were three reasons I knew it was a conversation.

We took turns talking.

I talked, then Dad talked, then I talked again. Neither of us just talked the whole time without stopping.

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