How to Not Make these 5 Conversation Building Mistakes

Have you made mistakes when teaching conversation kills to your students with autism? I know that I did! But then I developed a series of speech/language therapy materials that actually got my students with autism talking to each other. And not me! Find out how not to make these 5 conversation building mistakes that I made.

Would you want a life without conversations? No way! We probably can’t even count how many conversations we have in a day. So try to imagine what life is like without this skill. That is the life of many of our students with autism. But we can help them to build better communication skills for daily life.

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What are the 5 mistakes?

1.  Using imitative skills to have “conversations” which went nowhere.

2.  Getting rote ‘I like/What do you like?’ interchanges only.

3.  Prompting with ‘say’ and ‘ask.’  This results in students getting confused about what is expected of them.

4. Prompting responses verbally. My students ended up talking to me and not with each other!

5. Teaching students to have conversations only when prompted or on their favorite topics.

I knew that there must be a way to build conversation skills visually and avoid these issues. But it took me years of trial and error before I came up with these methods. They really worked for my students on the autism spectrum. You can have the same success that I did with these clinician-tested therapy materials.
I’m thrilled beyond measure that there are students out there making progress in conversation skills that I had a part in helping!

See what happy buyers at my TpT store said:

  • “What a wealth of resources! The variety of books, games, and worksheets really offer a ton of ideas for therapy.”
  • “So many great activities and materials for conversations!”
  • “These are great packets. Great visuals. Simple enough for almost any age/skill level. I really like the way each of these activities are presented and my kids enjoy them as well.”
  • “I have been struggling to make/come up with activities for these skills, this bundle is going to be SO helpful in my sessions. THANK YOU!”


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This FREE Getting Started with Conversation Guide will help you assess your students’ current status, plan therapy,  and measure progress. Priceless!

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Are you stressed for time? Are you too busy to create your own materials?  The Conversation Guide is so useful, you will want to check out the therapy materials that go with it. This thorough bundle is full of a multitude of engaging activities for differentiated instruction. There are tons of skill-building activities, printable games, worksheets, homework, books, and fun conversation activities. You will have plans and activities for the year!


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I’m Linda, an SLP who loves helping you build effective communication skills for your students using strategies and visuals. Pictures are time consuming, so let me make your life easier!

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