Social Skills – Speaking to Different Communicative Partners


Adjusting to your communicative partner is an important skill with which individuals on the autism spectrum often struggle. Keeping your listeners in mind (listener presupposition) in terms of what information they need or don’t need, and how your words give them a specific impression of you, is essential to successful communication. These worksheets work directly on improving listener presupposition skills. Students write down hypothetical verbal answers to various questions, without knowing to whom they are speaking, and then go back and choose which parts of their answers they would keep or omit, given the identity of their listeners, including a new friend, a job interviewer, a grandparent, etc. Choices made can then be discussed and modified. Three separate printable worksheets ensure the improvement of your students’ perspective-taking and listener presupposition skills.

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Speaking to Different Communicative Partners

For the first two worksheets, students must begin by writing answers to six basic questions without knowing to whom they are speaking. Then, after finding out who their listener is (ie. a job interviewer or a parent), students choose which pieces of information within their written answers they would keep providing to each given listener. Included are a written discussion on the importance of tailoring information to specific listeners (listener presupposition) and a third worksheet for which students write answers to questions given by a variety of listeners. A discussion of their choices naturally follows. These social skills worksheets work on the abilities to take into account specific listeners’ needs, to understand the correlation between statements and impressions given, and to modify statements accordingly to achieve goals.