Description: The Conversation Sampler form will help your student prepare for conversations they are likely to have in different social settings. The top half of the form sets up the situation (place, people, relationships), then you write in a sample conversation in the flow chart boxes on the bottom half of the form. A sample is described in the instructions page in the PDF document.
First, your student will choose a place (e.g., the dinner table, the cafeteria, a movie theater, soccer practice, the car ride home) and then list and describe the people who are usually at this place with the student (e.g., family members, friends, teachers). The student will rate their friendship (on the provided scale of 1 to 10) and describe the relationship with each person, which will help the therapist predict how the student might interact with the different people in those settings. Lastly, the therapist will help the student create a sample conversation, which can then be assigned as a homework assignment for real-world practice.
Target Group: This worksheet can be used to target a variety of goals, including social skills goals (e.g., initiating and maintaining conversations), stuttering goals, articulation practice, and language. Students with autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s, other speech or language disorders, or other developmental delays or disabilities will benefit from the structured real-life samples written on the form.
Use: In therapy, guide your student through the form with prompts and descriptions as needed. Help the student create a sample conversation with a conversation starter and various responses from the communication partners. Help the student decide appropriate ways to respond to the communication partners. Ask the student to practice the conversation starter in that setting for real-world practice. Note: In order to prevent hurt feelings and confidentiality, it is best to keep the form in the therapy room or in the students’ files, since the students will be rating their relationships with peers.
Created by Kate Shepard, M.S., CCC-SLP