Officially this is called pragmatic language skills. This is the language we use when interacting socially and includes nonverbal language as well as the spoken word. Non verbal language includes things like the expressions on our face, the tone and volume we use, and the body movements or proximity that we use when communicating. It’s the cues that we pick up from our listeners to know that they are listening and understanding what we say or maybe we should give them a chance to talk or take a turn. It involves seeing the perspective of someone else and giving enough detail so that there is mutual understanding. It’s speaking in a respectful way so that no one gets hurt feelings or being able to repair hurt feelings if necessary. A child can be cognitively gifted and have difficulty in this area. A child that doesn’t have a good handle on these skills may have difficulty with peer interactions, be considered rude, or not communicate effectively. They can be the most important skills needed to maintain employment later in life.
I’m adding a link for the speech therapist who are wondering what the Goals and Objectives may be when you are operating a social language group. These are the ones I’ve used the most.
You may feel free to use any of the activities for children on your caseload, in your classrooms, or your individual child. They are not meant to be copied for commercial purposes or hijacked to another site. I would rather you link here.
1. Cup pyramid: a teamwork activity that builds communication and cooperation
2. Who are you anyway? : An activity that practices asking questions and using the information to draw a conclusion.
3. Paper tower: A teamwork activity that promotes cooperation and communication to accomplish a task.
4. Tangram puzzles: A teamwork activity that promotes problem solving, cooperation, and communication.
Shamrock tanagram: A puzzle for the month of March
5. Barrier Game: An activity that promotes perspective taking, positional vocabulary building, and accurate communication.
Eggs-actly PDF wordpress. barrier game using Easter Egg shape sample cards
6. Role playing cards: Real life scenarios for students to discuss or use when making skits.
7. What do you say?: Every day student situations.
8. Jeopardy: I use this game with my social language groups to make students aware of the need for providing appropriate detail. If questions do not contain appropriate detail there may be more than one answer for items in a category.
9. Conversation Scaffold: A way to teach conversation skills within the structure of an activity.
10. Chutes and Marbles: A teamwork activity that promotes communication and problem solving. It promotes math/science concepts of slope and level.
11. Previous command: This is a good warm up activity if you are doing language groups.
12. Crocodile Pass: This activity encourages students to learn from mistakes and to move on. It requires them to use their short term memory and make inferences to predict a pattern. It also encourages using observation as a learning method. This activity was updated recently and is now in TPT as Trial and Error Pass.
13. Exploration of a brown bag: An activity for exploration, problem solving, and seeing another perspective. It also forces students to think of descriptive words not connected with sight.
14. Suction Cup Ball and Target: This activity provides rehearsal for beginning a conversation, asking questions and answering questions on topic. It can be used as an ice breaker for a new group.
15. Positive and Negative Statements: Statements that can be sorted, and used for discussion.
16. It’s How you Say It: I found that most of my social pragmatic cards did not have answers included. I made these cards so that students could use them in small group activities and would have an answer they could discuss. Click on the name for 12 free cards. Click here for the 32 cards available at TPT.
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