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Talking About Conversations, is a pack to develop social skills, verbal reasoning skills, situational understanding & inferencing skills in children.
It was developed from a suggestion by Sarah Purdie, Language Support Teacher, Haringey. It contains 14 large coloured pictures which illustrate common breakdowns in conversations e.g. starting a conversation; turn taking during a conversation; staying on topic etc.
Each large scenario picture is accompanied by four associated smaller pictures which show a variety of repair strategies, some appropriate; some not.
The pack includes full instructions; a ‘script’ for presenting each scenario, plus suggestions for role play extension activities.
Aim: To help teach the skills required to be a good conversational partner.
McFall in 1982 and Spence in 1995 identified a range of verbal and non- verbal responses that influence the perception and response of other people during social interactions. Spence (2003)* states that: ‘it is important that individuals are able to adjust the quantity and quality of non verbal responses such as eye contact, facial expression, posture … according to the demands of different social situations’.
* Spence, S.H.(2003) Social Skills Training with Children and Young People: Theory, Evidence and Practice. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol.8, issue 2, pages 84–96.
Children need to integrate these skills into a range of situations which require a sophisticated interplay of behavioural responses.
- identifying the appropriate moment to start a conversation
- selecting appropriate topics for conversation
- asking to join in
- offering assistance
- requesting help.
Age Range: KS3/KS4
Format: PDF file, 82 pages including colour illustrations and black and white alternatives, availabe as download 72 MB or on CD.