Instead of using verbal cues with my students in conversation, I allow for a few moments of silence for the students to acknowledge the silence, and then either point to my visual poster or my students may look at it themselves. This poster contains sentences/quotes that can be used in conversation when a student who has autism is unsure of what to say next in a conversation with a peer.
This poster states the main ideas in bold red font and examples in parenthesis following the main idea. The conversational cues included on this poster are as follows:
- Listen to what the other person is saying and make a comment about it
- Say something related to the topic
- Ask a question about the topic
- Change the subject
- Tell the other person you don't know much about their topic
- End the conversation