Description: The Convo Corrector is a visual guide and “scoreboard” for conversations. This three-part system includes a definitions page, the Convo Corrector board, and 44 cards for two methods of play. Students with social skills impairments will benefit from the easy-to-understand, colorful images that help structure their conversations in a concrete way. Once the students have learned the meaning for each symbol, which is easily mastered in a few minutes, they will follow the visual cues and engage in a successful conversation. A detailed instruction manual is included with step-by-step photos.
Inspiration: I am always amazed at how effortlessly my students with autism are able to participate in appropriate turn-taking while playing a board game, yet they can hardly manage a two-turn conversation. What was so special about board games? Perhaps the concrete directions (“Move two spaces.”) or the simple expectations (“Roll the dice.”). Asking a student to talk about their favorite video game can be a daunting, abstract task. I needed a way to break down conversations into simple, concrete steps. I started to jot down names during conversations and drew arrows to indicate whose turn it was, which turned out to be very helpful to my students. After some tweaking and elaboration, the Convo Corrector was born, and I use it in almost every social skills therapy session.
Targeted Skills: Targeted skills include topic initiation, turn-taking, making comments, asking questions, maintaining the topic, and ending the topic appropriately. Higher-level skills include making bridging comments to change the topic, monitoring the length of time the student has been speaking, and repairing a communication breakdown.
Targeted Group: School-age students with social skills deficits, such as those with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome or other developmental delays. Younger or lower-level students will benefit from the Convo Corrector Cards, which can be structured into a turn-taking game. Older or higher-level students can use the Convo Corrector board to structure their conversations with help from the speech therapist. Eventually, students can monitor each other’s conversations by designating a “score keeper” in place of the therapist.
Use: The system is fairly simple to use, once you understand the symbols and instructions. You can also improvise as needed. The Convo Corrector system has three main parts:
(1) Convo Corrector Definitions: This page lists the six symbols used on the Convo Corrector board and cards. Each symbol is defined and examples are provided.
(2) Convo Corrector: This is the main “board”. During a structured conversation, the therapist holds up the board and guides the students’ turns by pointing to and/or circling the next steps. Photo examples are included in the instruction manual.
(3) Convo Corrector Cards: There are 44 cards to print, cut, and laminate. Lower-level students who have a hard time following the instructions on the main board may benefit from picking a card from a deck that you have organized into a structured conversation. Detailed instructions are included.
DOWNLOAD the free Instruction Manual as the preview file to read through the detailed instructions, complete with step-by-step photos on how to use the Convo Corrector system.
Created by Kate Shepard, M.S., CCC-SLP.