Social Inferencing with Real Photos- Distance Learning

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The Dabbling Speechie
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
Resource Type
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7 pages
The Dabbling Speechie


Teaching social inferencing to your students will help them learn the following skills:

⭐Interpret non-verbal cues better
⭐Learn what a person's plan or what they might say/do in a social situation
⭐Build skills to help them shift perspective of another person
⭐Be able to understand people's motives and feelings

When we teach our students with social pragmatic deficits about social inferencing it can help them be more aware of themselves and other people. Plus, it also works on answering those tricky higher order thinking questions, which is great for reading comprehension.

What SLPs will love about this ⭐FREE resource⭐ is that it is easy to prep and will help structure your next social skills therapy session.

Directions for Assembly:

Print the sentence frames and glue to a file folder. Laminate the file folder if
desired. Print out the picture cards, laminate and cut out. Put on a binder
ring or clip together.

How to Use This Resource:

Use the sentence frames with any picture scene, real photos, or videos. Real photos
are included to use with the frames. Start by teaching your students to look
for “clues” in the picture. Have them share what they “see” in the photo while
using the sentence frame to guide their answers. You can also write down what
the students “see” on paper to help with remembering all the details.

Then, target “I know”. This is the part where students access their background
knowledge about what they “see”. If you see a person filling up a bucket with
soapy water by a tire, you know that they may be washing a car because that is
what you have seen people on TV do. Or maybe the students have washed a car or
helped a parent.

Use the “I can infer” sentence frame to help them make a “smart guess” about the

There are other options for sharing an inference listed to allow students to practice
the academic vocabulary to signal or mean “making an inference”.

Some suggestions for students to infer about the photos:

-What the people could be thinking?

-Where might the person be or what might they do next?

-When could this be happening?

-What could the person be feeling? How do you know?

If you are needing more real photos or social situations that target non-verbal cues and inferencing, you can find more photos just like the ones included in my Social Skill Breaks Curriculum: Social Skills Activities For SLPs.

Want more social skills activities, so you don't have to stress about what you will plan for your next therapy session!?

Check out all my social skill resources:

HELP! I Need Social Skills- Resources For Social Pragmatics

One buyer said this about how her students felt about doing the activities in my Help! I Need Social Skills, "My students working on social skills enjoy this and don't even mind writing out their responses in the columns, which is usually a chore for them. Thank you!"

Interactive FLIPBOOK: Making Social Inferences

Another buyer shared that his/her students LOVED using this activity! Check out her feedback, "I LOVE this activity....thank you for creating this engaging set! Now that I tried it with my students, I can tell you they are crazy about it and beg to use it. This set will be a fun way to kick off some role play activities to tie in as well . Thanks for adding even more pictures. This set ROCKS!!"

More Social Skill Activities:

Visual Supports - Social Skill Trifold Flips

What Planet Are You On? Social Skills Pack

Total Pages
7 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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