Select Page

Social skills: Conversation Skills For Students With Autism

By Rosemarie Griffin

Working on conversation skills for students with autism can be a challenge. If your student has a goal to work on conversation skills, use the strategies below.

  1. We must first identify what our student enjoys. This will give us a wonderful starting point. Does your student love to shop at Justice? If so, “What store do you like?” might be a great conversation starter. Does your student love cookies? If so, “What dessert do you like?” might be a functional social language question.
  2. Have a visual ready to show your student when you first start work on the question. If you have a student working on answering “What do you like to do during break time?” and the answer is take read, make sure to have a picture to show the student of reading. A visual prompt may be needed to teach the student to answer the question with a logical answer. Once the student is able to answer the question with the visual present, slowly fade this prompt.

Social skills conversation is a wonderful blog post with a step by step guide on getting started.            3. Does the student have the opportunity to answer the question when asked by other adults in the environment ( a teacher,             paraprofessional, etc…), this will help to generalize the skill.

Social skills and conversation are essential to help a student increase their communication skills.           4.Generalize the skill to answering a question from a peer. Can you work with the student in a small group with other peers?            If so start the group with social questions and include the specific questions you have worked on with your student. Being able to answer a question from a peer is a major milestone for a student with autism. This is the start of a conversation!!!

The next time you start to work on conversation skills with a student with autism, use the steps listed above. Social interaction is a gift that all students should learn how to enjoy! Want a list of free conversation starters, just fill out the form below and it will come right to you!!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You might also like…

Summer Social Skills Resource

Who else is ready for sunshine and warmer weather? I am going to help you prep for a summer full of fun activities.  I will also give you ways to incorporate those social skills you have worked on all year long!  I have put together a Summer Social Skills Resource...

read more

Joint Attention Bootcamp

Introducing the Joint Attention Bootcamp!   We are excited to help you be ready to support your students.   Joint attention is an essential foundational skill for autistic learners no matter the age.   Day one of the bootcamp: Using BOOKS to work on...

read more

Here's a free resource–

IEP Goal Bank

Writing IEPs for autistic learners can feel daunting.

From this free download, you'll get real-life examples of specific, measurable goals for expressive language, receptive language, play skills, and imitation.

Thanks! Check your inbox.