Classroom Lesson Simulation: Socializing with Friends
This lesson teaches students the social skills of appropriate greetings, engaging in reciprocal conversation, and ending the conversation appropriately. Schedule this activity two to three times per week at a consistent location. Have multiple individuals (student/adult student or staff/volunteer) available for the student to choose to socialize with. If possible, it is suggested that the conversational partner be a typically developing peer. Students should participate in activities, such as, selecting a conversation topic, locating the topic area, selecting a friend to interact with, greeting the friend, initiating social interaction, responding to questions and comments, ending conversation appropriately, and leaving the social activity to return to class.