Do you work with a child who has poor communication skills? Does the child have difficulty initiating and/or maintaining a conversation?
You may need to teach the different Means of Communication to eventually reach the goal of fluid conversations and smoother interactions.
Some of the next few blog posts will provide tips and information on teaching communication and conversation skills.
The next time you have a conversation with someone, pay attention to the types of sentences in your dialogue. Or, when listening to a conversation, you might notice that the sentences within that conversation are a combination of the 18 categories below.
What are the 18 Means of Communication?
Asking for help
Requesting an answer to simple (fact) questions
Calling someone’s name
Telling a story
Asking questions to show interest (personal questions)
Offering new information
Stating an opinion
Why is it important to recognize these different categories? The way you will know what to teach will be determined by what you notice is deficient.
The next blog post will provide some concrete steps and ideas to teach the missing skills.