“WHAT TO SAY? (At School Version)
INTERACTIVE 20-PAGE BOOKLET.”
I use this approach for students with Autism, who struggle
with basic social communication. I have had nice success with it.
I used to (and still do) draw pictures of social
situations and have the student respond to what should be
said. I have put this activity into this booklet form.
In this booklet, there are 20 social interaction scenarios, that
require the student to respond to “What can you say?”
The student selects the appropriate verbal response, a
speech bubble placed above the speaker.
For example, a picture of someone giving you a gift. What can
you say? (Place “thank you” speech bubble above the speaker.)
20 “What to Say” speech bubbles.
A “What to Say” speech bubble storage page.
Blank Speech bubbles for you to customize with your own text.
20 activity pages.
(Hi, Good Morning, How are you?, What’s your name?, Asking for
Help, Requesting for water, saying thank you, giving compliment,
This is fun, I’m sorry, I don’t know, restroom request,
I’m hungry, Excuse me, Pencil sharpening, I don’t understand,
I feel sick, Let’s play!, I’m frustrated, Bye!)
There are 20 activity pages, so I would pre-select the ones you want to work on first.
Model how to use this activity to your student.
Present the picture and read the text, (i.e.) “Your friend Jack
walks up to you and says “Hi Chris!” What can you say?” Select the correct response. Place the speech bubble (Hi Jack!) on blank blue speech bubble. Practice with the student.
NOTE: Where you see a blank line as in “Hi ____” “Bye _____”, use a trimmed post-It and write a name to customize it to your student.
Also, present the student with 3 or more choices to select from instead of all 20 speech bubbles which may be too overwhelming..
As the child begins to understand the task, fade the amount of support, until the child can do this on his/her own.
After the child has mastered this activity, I would just show the student the picture, and read the text. Have the student just say the response instead of selecting a speech bubble. In other words, eventually fade the speech bubble, when the child can say it on his/her own.
Note: Student should be able to do basic decoding (reading) to participate int his activity, since the speech bubbles contain written text.