Conversation Skills – Editing Verbal Narratives

A reading comprehension worksheet


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Editing Verbal Narratives

So many of my students on the autism spectrum have trouble editing themselves when they’re telling me about a vacation they went on or their favorite video game, as examples, often providing too many details because they’re not keeping their listener in mind.  I have found that these printable worksheets work directly and effectively on this issue.  Students are provided with a written example of a verbal narrative, and must delete details in order to best serve a given listener and context.  We then discuss all the choices made, such as how one portion could be interesting to a listener and therefore kept in while another portion is redundant or too detailed and should be omitted.  Also included are discussion notes for therapeutic intervention, along with a reproducible form with a blank narrative portion.