Talking

Building Conversation Skills

Review how you can help your child or student build their conversational skills.

Whether your child or student is outgoing or tends to be more reserved, we have resources you can use to teach them about having appropriate conversations, regulating their volume, as well as how to raise their hand to speak in class, and what to do when others are talking.

A great way to teach important conversational skills and social cues when talking with others is to use a social story!

Social Stories can be fully customized to fit the unique needs of your child or student, ensuring the information is relevant. Whether you’re crafting the social story yourself or utilizing a template, be sure the story is told from the child’s point of view. These easy-to-use resources can be used to teach or reinforce a myriad of skill sets and topics.

Another great way to make the story relevant to your child is to incorporate special interest areas (SIAs). Do they love Spongebob or Mickey Mouse? Add them to the social story to pique your child’s interest!

Learn about more using social stories to reinforce skills and check out our fully customizable templates

These behavior stories may benefit your students.  They can be downloaded, saved and edited to suit your needs.  The * notation indicates the story is  formatted in a Power Point presentation and the ** notation indicates a Power Point with sound narration.  Each Power Point has animation included on each slide.  Some occur automatically – some occur on a “click”.  Feel free to send comments or questions to [email protected]

Saying Hello at School

How to Talk to My Friends – (behaviors of concern: touching, sticking out tongue)

How to Talk to My Friends – (behavior of concern: touching hair)

Talking In Class*

Talking in Class (for younger children)*

What Kids Expect – Personal Space and Rules

What Kids Expect: Talking Loud

Eye Contact

Questions, Questions, Questions

Questions, Questions, Questions – easier version

Questions, Questions, Questions*

Questions, Questions, Questions**

Quiet Please

Quiet Please Young – With Pictures

Raise Your Hand

Rules of Talking

Talking to Teachers

Look So Everyone Can Hear Me

Everyone is Different

When Someone Is Talking

When Someone is Talking*

When Someone is Talking**

Use My Words

Calm and Quiet

Green Words and Red Words

Green Words and Red Words*

Green Words and Red Words**

Talking and Friends

Talking and Friends*

Talking and Friends**

Everyone Asks Questions

Sometimes Kids Whisper

Sometimes Kids Whisper* 

Talking at Lunch

Use My Big Boy Voice

My Principals -Their Job and How We Talk Together

Psychologist and Her Job

What is a Teacher’s Job

Differences (behavior of concern: talking “meanly” about differences; upper elementary level)

How to Not Say Hurtful Things (elementary level; inspired by M.G. Winner and L. Kuypers)

Following the Rules (behavior of concern: talking out; Special Interest Area: George Lucas)

Connecting with People (elementary level; behavior of concern: ignoring others; Special Interest Area: George Lucas)

A Story About Me (Clipart format)

A Story About Me (photo template format)

This resource was authored by Watson Institute Special Education Consultant, Lisa Plastino, M.Ed. 

If you have questions or concerns about the Watson Institute’s use of this information, please contact us.