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Teen Social Skills - Going on a Trip:

Working on pragmatics is difficult. Working on pragmatics with teens is even harder. Use this thorough product designed to work on a variety of social skills within the community. These interactive activities will give your students control of the situations and questions presented. There are 80 social situations included, plus options to include custom-made ones depending on your student's needs.

Pragmatic concepts targeted with this product:
- Topic maintenance
- Initiating conversations
- Asking & answering questions
- Identifying non-verbal aspects of language
- Identifying the problem & solution
- Spontaneously seeking assistance
- Asking questions to clarify
- Identifying sarcasm

Use these activities individually or in groups. The more complex cards are great for discussions.
The activities in this product are organized in order from easiest to hardest. Keep in mind, many of these questions don’t have one right answer.
Some of these scenarios are difficult, even for adults, but are real situations that will arise in life which are important to think about and discuss. If you find them too difficult for the teenager you are working with, try asking a different question that is more direct (e.g. Instead of asking “What should you do?” Ask: “Since she appears to be feeling upset. What can you ask her?”)

I hope these activities help you work on pragmatics in an interactive and engaging way!

Store & Situation Cards
8 USA attractions (in color and black & white)
16 situations
8 blank situation cards to write scenarios that are applicable to your student

Directions: Cut out the cards and place in 2 piles face down – store & situations. Have the student pick one card from each pile, applying the situation to the store and answering.
These situations are the most basic and result in a straightforward answer.

Social Conversations
Includes: Pages discussing “Initiating Conversation”, “Asking & Answering Questions”, “Body Language”, and "Identifying Sarcasm".

Directions: Read and discuss the points on each page. Answer the 6 open-ended or multiple choice questions per page.

Pick Your Adventure Pragmatics Book
Includes: Map with travel destinations, 6 pages (a page per store) with 4 corresponding scenarios on each page.

Directions: Print the pages and staple together on the left hand side where the margin is.
The student makes 3 choices:
Choose a place to travel from the map
Choose if they are going with friends or family
Choose if they are flying or driving

When the choices have been made, the students finds the page of the store chosen and finds the appropriate scenario for the choices picked. There are 24 possible options to choose from.
These scenarios require more complex social thinking and awareness.

Social Experience Web Maps
Includes: “Taking an airplane flight…” and “Going to the museum…”

Directions: Each page shows a web map starting from the beginning of the experience to the end, with various social situations that arise. The student is asked to find solutions incorporating many pragmatic skills. Start at the beginning of the web diagram, read & answer each situation before moving onto the next box. Works great for group discussions.

Personal Reflection Worksheet
Includes: Single page with questions about difficult social situations and how to overcome them.

Directions: Use as a personal activity or for discussion.

“Roll the Dice” Pragmatics Game
Includes: A single page game. You will need to provide 2 dice and place holders.

Directions: Included on page. This is the most difficult activity in the packet. It is a generalization activity, and targets thinking of a problem & solution. The purpose is to think about the social scenarios that may arise before you are put a particular situation.

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Given a location, situation and choice of conversation starters to choose from related to travel or being on vaction, STUDENT will select one and initiate an on-topic conversation with a peer (teenager/young adult), with 80% accuracy, in 4 out of 5 opportunities, by MONTH, YEAR.

Given a social scenario which may occur during travel or vacation, STUDENT will provide an appropriate response to include a solution in order to resolve a problem (emotional or physical),in 4 out of 5 opportunities, by MONTH, YEAR.
This item is recommended for the following grade levels:

6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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