Social Skills Activities: Speaking to Different Listeners

Social Skills - Speaking to Different Listeners

Slide Social Skills Worksheets For Adults SOCIAL SKILLS WORKSHEETS While theory of mind involves understanding others’ perspectives and being able to “put yourself in their shoes”, the subsequent ability of adjusting your own behavior accordingly is of utmost importance. KEEP READING
Speaking to different listeners - A Social Emotional Learning Activity
Social Skills:  Speaking to Different Listeners Lisa Flowers

Social Skills: Speaking To
Different Listeners

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 improvement of your students’ perspective taking and listener presupposition skills.

Related Social Emotional Learning Activities in PDF to Different Listeners

Sticky Social Scenes

Recommended for adolescents and adults, this board game tasks players with considering and providing solutions to a wide array of awkward social situations

Editing Verbal Narratives Worksheets

Ideal for anyone who gives too much information, this task works on the ability to regard one’s listener when choosing which information to include in verbal narratives

Polite Wording

Students learn to regard others’ feelings and are tasked with incorporating given “softening” words and phrases into opinion statements and requests


Students discuss provided tactless statements, learning to identify properties of offensiveness, bragging, inappropriateness, over-generalization, and prejudice

Writing A Complaint Letter

Another favorite! Both a writing and social skills task, this product improves the ability to regard one’s reader when choosing content and wording

Perspective Taking Worksheets

Students are assigned the task of observing social interactions and speculating on the emotional effect of those interactions on the participants

Developing Empathy Activities

This comprehensive social skills product includes extensive discussion, an activity, homework, and therapeutic notes, all targeting the ability to regard others’ feelings

Communication Skills Questionaire

Students check which social skills they’d like to work on in the areas of conversation, practical skills, non-verbal, dating, and conflict

Kinesics and Conversation Skills

This social skills activity encourages and trains students to identify non-verbal signs of interest and disinterest during conversations and social interactions

Time Sensitivity

An engaging activity that increases students’ awareness of their listeners’ needs and improves their ability to limit their content to fit those needs

Entering Conversations

An outline of the steps necessary to enter a conversation already in progress, including body proximity, verbal strategies, and determination of acceptance

Elaboration in Conversations

This conversation skills handout teaches students ways to extend conversations by demonstrating ratings for a variety of answers to the same question in terms of elaboration

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