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Improving Communication Skills

Starting a Conversation

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Purpose:  To give individuals with communication and social issues some concrete examples of how to start conversations with a variety of people

Real Life Examples

What toys do your peers have


 What movies/shows do your peers like


What did your co-workers do over the weekend


  • Use the Relationship Target graphic organizer to identify people that your student communicates with on a regular basis.
  • Complete the “How to Start a Conversation” form by inserting individual names and generating two additional conversation starters.
  • Complete the Data Diagram graphic organizer to help your student make clear decisions about how to address these different people with appropriate conversation starters.
  • Practice using these conversation starters in role play activity with your student(s).
  • Create a set of “flash cards” with different peoples names on the front.
  • On the back, list whether they are a family member, acquaintance, authority figure or friend/peer.
  • Also on the back, write the “conversation starter” that your student should use with this individual.
  • Practice using these cards as a set of flash cards to help your student remember their “opening” comment or question..
It is important to make sure that you help your student/child find the "words" that they are comfortable with and can easily remember to use as a "conversation starter". Make sure to go through the activity and specifically identify the people that your student generally has opportunity to make conversation with and determine the level of familiarity he/she has with that person. This will help you guide your student as to what types of conversation starters would make the most sense for them