Sunday, June 23, 2013

Conversation Chart FREEBIE!!

Hey Guys! It's Lisa!

I've been working with kids who have autism for the last few years and holding a conversation is one of their biggest challenges. They often jump into a conversation without warning, then suddenly disappear in the middle of it without ever really ending the conversation. Sometimes their friends are in the middle of a sentence when they just walk away.

One thing I've learned is that structure is the key to their success! They love having some sort of format to follow for what is "expected." I've learned my students are capable of a whole lot when I just give them a pattern to follow. While no conversation is exactly the same, I created this little chart to help them see the basic pattern of a conversation.

It's copied twice on the same page to save paper and it is small enough that it could be taped on a wall or table as a reference poster. Included is a second version with an extra column so students can receive points (tally marks) for performing the behaviors on the chart. This helps as positive reinforcement for the desired social behaviors. Enjoy!!



  1. Love this! I'm following you via teachers pay teachers now. You have great freebies! I'm also a special ed. teacher and have a lot of freebies and tutorials for sensory objects on my blog

    1. Welcome Kimberly! Thanks for being a follower! We have more freebies in store for you guys this week, so make sure to check back for more!

      The Lower Elementary Cottage

  2. Social Skills are so very important especially since we are in the throws of "Social Media." I know a few colleagues who could benefit from this! lol
    Thanks for sharing!
    I am Special Ed teacher as well.


    1. Too funny Debbie! I'm sure I know a few of those grown ups too! hehehe :)

      Welcome to A Special Sparkle!

  3. This is a nice classroom tool to have. Thank you for sharing. I used to work with a nonverbal autistic boy. I miss him very much.

    A Tender Teacher for Special Needs

  4. Thanks so much for this freebie, Lisa! Oh, how do I remember one-sided conversations with my Asperger kiddos back in my teaching days. What a great conversation and social skills tool!!!


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