Making Conversation is part of Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering social skills and transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike needed for adult living. This workbook serves as both a traditional print version and an interactive version using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Written on a high third/low fourth-grade level with airy pages and bullet-point information for easy independent study, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated transition skills and Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.
Workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-three page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real-world activities are provided whenever possible.
Lessons in Daily Living Skills—Making Conversation include:
- What is Conversation?
- Keys to Conversation
- How to Ask a Question
- Interests—Or, What to Talk About
- Is it Appropriate?
- Tone of Voice
- Personal Space
- Eye Contact
- Body Language
- Joining In
- When People Say “No”
- Levels of Conversational Intimacy
- The Magic Words
- Receiving a Compliment
- Explaining my Disability
- Formal Greeting
- Ending a Conversation
Also included are Parent Verification Letters to meet federal mandates for family involvement, answer key, and grading sheet.
A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book—Doing Laundry.
Some titles in the Daily Living Skills transition series include:
Who Am I?—College and Career, Cleaning House, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Kitchen Basics, Nutrition, Grocery Shopping, Making Meals, Paying Bills, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting and Stress Management and Making Conversation
A Teacher's Manual (sold separately) provides tips on organizing and setting up a transition program, pre-and post-test assessments, class grading sheets, written ITP goals for each workbook to plug into annual IEP's, and code numbers and definitions for federal transition standards for each book.
A Powerpoint presentation is available free on this site to introduce your class/parents/administrators to the program.