Conversations

Conversations

The objective of conversations is for your child to be independently able to hold a simple conversation with you by either using words or an electronic device.

Conversations come easy to typical children. They ask you questions and they are having fun conversing with their peers. Children with autism have a hard time figuring out social cues and therefore have a hard time conversing with people. They often don’t know how to start a conversation and they also have a hard time answering questions. In order to help them you can teach them how to answer simple questions and how to have a very basic conversation.

Instructions for Lesson

  1. You can start these simple conversations anywhere: in the car, at the kitchen table during a meal, sitting on the couch or on the floor.
  2. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.
  3. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) tell me one thing you did at school today.
  4. Perfect outcome: your child tells you one thing he did at school.

Not so perfect outcome: Your child starts singing.

  • What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) tell me one thing you did at school today”, then verbally prompt your child to say “ I had PE”.

Be Persistent and Repeat Until Mastered

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child gives the right answer, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it

Expectations

It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
Items you need: A list of simple conversation topics.

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