Social Skills: Being a Good Conversationalist
Frankly, it’s not just individuals on the autism spectrum that could use instruction on being better conversationalists. We all have neurotypical relatives, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who monopolize conversations, or interrupt frequently, or tell long-winded stories with too much detail. Unfortunately, there’s usually no comfortable way to let those people in our lives know that they need to change their behaviors. I’m happy to have the chance to work on social niceties and conversation skills with my students. We discuss each aspect of Being a Good Conversationalist and practice in a number of ways, sometimes focusing on just one aspect at a time. See therapeutic notes for more details.