Social Language Dictionary  Students with pragmatic language disorders or ESOL

students can keep this in a binder and write unfamiliar or confusing language when then hear it. Posted 11/15/06.

Social Language Dictionary 
Proxemics Social skills worksheet for secondary students by Joan Altimore and Ann Peck. Posted 12/4/06.
Proxemics Social Skills

Proxemics Materials Graphics to teach and monitor the use of personal space. Labels can be printed

on Avery 5160 labels to "peel and stick" on situations (see Proxemics materials above). By Debbie Dungen. Posted 1/21/07.

Personal Space

Personal Space Labels

Choices and Have-to-Do's Social Communication Tale to help students know when they can make choices

and when they simply have to comply. Created by Diedre Dobbels. Posted 2/8/07.

Choices and Have To Do
No Potty Words Social Communication Tale to teach appropriate use of language in social situations. Posted 1/29/06.
Potty Words Story
Going to McDonald's Social Communication Tale with sequence strips. Posted 3/13/06.

McDonald's Directions

McD cover

McD 1

McD 2

McD 3

McD 4

McD 5

McD 6

McD 7


Sequence Strips

Social Skills Rule Book Interactive lessons for individuals or classrooms on a variety of

social situations and rules for behavior. Posted 3/19/06.

Rule Book Directions

Angry at Friend

Angry at Teacher

Borrowing from Friend

Eat at Table


In Cafeteria

Into School

Leave Classroom

On Playground

Play Game

Taking Test

Talk to Friend

Talk to Someone you Like

Talk to Teacher

Wait in Line

No Middle Finger Social Communication Tale  By Kim Mourlas to teach appropriate use of hands. Posted 4/18/06.

Middle Finger Story
Social Kiss Social Communication Tale created by Kim Mourlas. Posted 4/27/06.
Social Kiss
Conversation Tips Posted 7/25/06.
Tips for having a great conversation
Turn Taking Materials Posted 8/8/06.

Good Turntaking

Good Turntaking2

Bad Turntaking

Bad Turntaking2







Tea Party Sequence Photos for teaching script-based symbolic play. Developed for a preschool child with autism. Posted 8/8/06.
Tea Party Pix
Nose Picking is Gross Social Communication Tale by Valerie Fluhr. Posted 10/11/06.







Find Out Aids to help adolescents engage their peers in conversation. By Rosemarie Donatelli. Posted 11/7/06.

Finding Out 1

Finding Out 2

Social Skills: Providing Negative Feedback Positively 
Negative Feedback
Visual/Verbal Prompts to Expand Utterances 
Expanding Utterances
Time's Up! Visual aids for staying on task and transitioning when the task is done.

Times Up Directions

Times Up

Stop Work 1

Stop Work 2

Visual Prompts for Conversation  These sentence strips can be used by an individual in a communication

book or as a visual prompt for learning these social skills: how to ask questions and how to have a conversation. By Kim Scharoff.

Sentence Strip 1

Sentence Strip 2

Sentence Strip 3

Sentence Strip 4

Sentence Strip 5

Sentence Strip 6

Sentence Strip 7

Sentence Strip 8

Interrupting Visual Cues to help improve conversational behaviors.Interrupting Cues
Social Communication Tale for Going to a New School

Going to a New School

New School 1

New School 2

New School 3

New School 4

New School 5

New School 6

New School 7

New School 8

New School 9

"I Don't Know" Strategies Posted 9/19/05.
I Don't Know Strategies
Asking for Help Strategies Posted 9/19/05.
Asking for Help
Friendship Poster A classroom activity. Posted 9/27/05.

Friends Behavior Labels

Good-Bad Friend Cards

Behaving Respectfully Social Communication Tale

Respect 1

Respect 2

Conversation Book for use with individuals, group, or class. Students illustrate each page to reinforce good

conversational skills. Written examples can also be added.

Conversation Book

Conversation Steps Poster

Raising Your Hand Social Communication Tale
Raising hands
Social Communication Tales to reinforce positive behaviors

Quiet Mouth


Conversation Topic Cards to stimulate conversation and provide speech/language practice in a small and large group
Group Conversation
Describing People Graphics help students with language impairments and autism provide descriptions of people.
Describing People

What's your Favorite? Why? Pair students and give each a copy of the interview form. Students take turns

interviewing each other, circling their partner's answer if on the form, or drawing/writing in the "other" box if not.

Bring groups together to report on their partner's favorites and explain why these things are preferred. This is a good

"get to know you" activity for the beginning of the school year.

Favorite Interview
Hands to Myself Social Communication Tale by Gretchen Curtis. Posted 9/26/07.

Hands to Myself 1

Hands to Myself 2

Hands to Myself 3

Tantrums Don't Help Social Communication Tale by Gretchen Curtis. Posted 9/26/07.

Tantrums 1

Tantrums 2

Tantrums 3

Emotions Social Communication Tales created by Michelle Smith. Posted 9/26/07.

Feeling Happy

Feeling Sad

Synonyms for Emotions Created by Jen Seymour, submitted by Gretchen Curtis. Posted 9/26/07.

Feelings Synonyms Directions

Angry blank

Angry filled

Happy blank

Happy filled

Sad blank

Sad filled

Silly blank

Silly Filled

Steps to Calming Down A poster for self-regulation. Created by Christine Silvestri-Crawford. Posted 11/20/07.
Calm Down

Voice Control Graphic for appropriate volume in the classroom. Print on card stock and write numbers 0-12 to show

incremental increases. Created by Christine Silvestri-Crawford. Posted 11/20/07.

Voice control

Hula Hoop Space Social Communication Tale for maintaining social distance. Created by Gretchen Curtis.

Posted 12/29/07.

Hula Hoop1

Hula Hoop2

Hula Hoop3

Hula Hoop4

Emotions Interactive Materials for matching events to emotions and eliciting experiences of students

related to emotions. Created by Gretchen Curtis. Posted 12/29/07.

I feel when Directions

I feel excited A

I feel excited B

I feel frustrated A

I feel frustrated B

I feel happy A

I feel happy B

I feel mad A

I feel mad B

I feel sad A

I feel sad B

I feel scared A

I feel scared B

I feel silly A

I feel silly B

Social Communication Tales by Shanda Mushrush.  Posted 3/19/08.

Going to Wendy's

Going Bowling


Illness directions

Illness symbols 1

Illness symbols 2

"Nosepaper" for nosepickers.  Created by Vicki Pappas.  Posted 3/19/08.
Nose Flash
Following School Rules Social Communication Tale from Kristine Hampton.  Posted 4/3/08.
I Need to Follow Rules
Gym Class Social Communication Tale from Kristine Hampton.  Posted 4/3/08.
Gym Class
Picking My Fingers Social Communication Tale from Kristin Hampton.  Posted 4/3/08.
Picking my fingers
Going on a Field Trip Social Communication Tales.  From Shirby Thomas. Posted 4/3/08.

Field Trip Story Directions

Going on a field trip

Going to the Circus

Friendship:  Questions to help a student decide "is this person my friend" based on positive and

negative behaviors.  Also instructions on "what can I do for a friend?" and

"what can my friends do for me?"  Created by Gretchen Curtis. Posted 4/13/08.

Is this Person my friend-positive

Is this Person my friend-negative

Things I can do for my friend

Things my friends can do for me

Play Date Social Communication Tale  From Gretchen Curtis.  Posted 4/13/08.






Safety Social Communication Tales by June Cabal.  Posted 6/5/08.

Say no to a stranger 1

Say no to a stranger 2

Keep it safe at home

Table Manners Guide by Kristina Zeits, BCU #22.  Posted 6/5/08.
Table Manners
April Fool's Social Skills created by Kristina Zeits, BCIU #22.  Posted 6/5/08.
April Fool's Social Skills
What is Bad Touch? Created by June Cabal.  Posted 7/23/08.
What is bad touch?
Keep Safe with a Buddy   Created by June Cabal. Posted 7/23/08.
Keep Safe with a Buddy
Taking a Public Bus. Created by June Cabal.  Posted 7/23/08.
Taking a public bus
If/Then Grounded behavior and consequences.  By June Cabal.  Posted 7/23/08.
If/Then Grounded
Lunch Bunch Checklist. Created by Amy Staletti, BCIU #22.  Posted 9/28/08.
Lunch Bunch
When Noise Hurts Social Communication Tale Created by Pam Caspar-Hunter. Posted 9/28/08

When Noise Hurts Title

When noise hurts1

When noise hurts2

When noise hurts3

When noise hurts4

When noise hurts5
When noise hurts6
When noise hurts7

When noise hurts8

When noise hurts9

When noise hurts10

In the Group Song by Amy Staletti, BCIU #22.  Posted 9/28/08.

In the group1

In the group 2

In the group 3

No Touching  Social Communication Tale and worksheet. Created by Carrie Drake Akee.  Posted 10/15/08.

Touch One Page

Touch Worksheet

Touch 1

Touch 2

Touch 3
Touch 4

Touch 5

Touch 6

Touch 7

Touch 8

Touch 9

Touch 10

Social Communication Tales about Doors and Initiating Interactions by Patricia Calley.  Posted 10/15/08.





Simon Says Game Created by June Cabel.  Posted 11/3/08.
Simon Says game

Supports for Initiating a Topic and Greetings.   These visual representations for initiating greetings &

topics can be laminated and placed on students' desks. The students can check the boxes for each day that

they initiate a greeting with a friend and/or teacher or initiate a topic of conversation.  Created by Caren McCoy.  Posted 11/21/08.

Initiating a Greeting

Initiating a conversation

First in Line Social Communication Tale by Christina Prohaska.  Posted 11/21/08.

First in line1

First in line2

First in line3

First in line4

Keeping Hands and Feet to Yourself Social Communication Tale by Sarah Patton.  Posted 1/25/09.
Keeping hands to yourself
What I Can Lick Social Communication Tale by Sarah Patton. Posted 1/25/09.What I can lick

Greeting Social Communication Tale for students who have difficulty greeting peers. Use copies of the Boardmaker

pictures to sequence the steps:  Walking in and saying or waving hi and then walking in tapping a friend and saying hi.

Contributed by Katie Patton.  Posted 3/15/09.

Greeting social story
Conversation Materials  Created by Megan Hajnacki.  Posted 3/29/09.

Conversation checklist

Ways to kick off a conversation

This Helps Me Fix My Problem Social Communication Tale by Gretchen Mills.  Posted 5/3/09
Helps me fix
Tantrums Don't Help Social Communication Tale by Gretchen Mills.  Posted 5/3/09
Yes to Teachers Social Communication Tale by Gretchen Mills.  Posted 5/3/09.
Yes to teachers

Real Friends Never Ask Us to Do Bad Things Social Communication Tale by Judith Branch.  This story is aimed for that age

group or even kids up to 12 or 13 depending on level of maturity, to address what "real friends" are and what kids  can do to avoid

being victimized by kids who just want them to do nutty or dangerous things.  Posted 5/3/09.

Real friends never ask
My Weekend Graphic Organizer to aid in social conversation.  Created by Dominique Simone.  Posted 6/8/09.
My weekend graphic organizer
Social Communication Tale Books with comprehension questions.  Created by Jennifer Kupchik.  Posted 9/13/09.

Sometimes I feel Angry

Playing Games

Saying hello and goodbye

On the Rug in Kindergarten Social Communication Tale created by Gretchen Mills.  Posted 9/13/09.
On the rug
Social Communication Tales Created by Kara Rakowski.  Posted 11/1/09.

Joining in book - steps

Listening steps

Listening book

Nice Talk Directions

Rules for talking with friend

Voice tone

Waiting steps

Waiting story

Walking in line story

Asking for help

Circle time

Following Directions steps

Following Directions

Getting a person's attention

Getting dressed story

Giving directions

Interrupting book

Interrupting steps

Wash hands

Winter dress sequence

Winter dressing sequence 2


Social Communication Tale -- Help Me  This social story was written to encourage students

to ask for help within the classroom setting.  Created by Margaret Connors.  Posted 11/5/09.

Social Story help me


Social Communication Tales for Secondary Students  Created by Sarah Velmont. Posted 2/15/10

Being a Greeter

Manners at Lunch

Social Scenarios   Created by  Amy C. Werrett.  Posted 2/27/10.

Social Scenarios

Social Scenarios Directions

No Biting Social Communication Tale by Gretchen Mills.  Posted 5/6/10.
No Biting
Brave Loud Voice Communication Tale by Jill Isaac.  Posted 5/6/10.
Brave Loud Voice
Riding the School Bus Social Communication Tale  This file is a PowerPoint. By Jan Youell. Posted 6/23/10.
Riding the Bus
Classroom and Recess Social Communication Tales by Felice Clark.  Posted 11/14/10.

Sometimes I get frustrated in class

When I am on the playground at recess

I'm Sorry Social Commication Tale for young students.  Created by Sara Parks.  Posted 12/10/10.

I'm Sorry story

Using the Urinal Picture Sequence  Can also be used as a Social Communication Tale.  Created by Shanda

Mushrush.  Posted 1/17/11.

Using the urinal

Conversation Data Sheet Visual to be used for asking questions and making comments.  Created by Megan

Hojnacki. Posted 2/19/11.

Conversation Data Sheet
On Topic Conversation Visual Created by Brianne Ruhnke, BCIU #22.  Posted 2/19/11.

On topic conversation

On topic sample

Table Manners Social Communication Tale by Abby Chibnik.  Posted 4/2/11
Table Manners
STOP Materials based on the work by Sarah Ward.  Created by Michelle Ostrow, BCIU#22.  Posted 4/16/11.

Stop and get the facts

Stop Rubric

Social Smarts Book Print, laminate, bind.  By Kathryn Yourkin. Posted 4/16/11.
Social Smarts

Turn Taking Visual to show what interrupting -- when words "crash" -- looks like.  By Kathryn Yourkin.

Posted 4/16/11.

Turn-taking visual

Negative Outburst Visual for children who have a hard time differentiating between what they should and shouldn't say. 

By Kathryn Yourkin. Posted 4/16/11.

Negative Outburst visual
PowerPoints for Social and Functional Skills  by Rachel Bohnhoff.  Posted 4/16/11.

Communication Messages


Taking notes


Good/Bad Summer Behavior  Sorting activity can also be used to elicit expressive language.  Posted 9/1/11.

Good/bad summer behavior 1

Good/bad summer behavior 2

Like/Love Social Communication Tales Created by Judy Walter.  Posted 10/16/11.

I like you

I love you

Whole Body Listening Checklist for self-monitoring attention. Created by Lauren McCulley, BCIU #22.  Posted 10/16/11.
Whole Body Listening Checklist
Emotions Without Labels  Created by Brandie Torres.  Posted 10/16/11.Emotions
Going to Potty in School Communication Tale PowerPoint by Kristina Parr.  Posted 12/15/11.
Going to Potty in School
Pragmatics Self-Evaluation Checklist for Participating in Group Activities by Amy Jones.  Posted 12/15/11.

Student self-eval checklist

Student self-eval directions

Asking for Clarification Aid by Bree Geibel.  Posted 12/15/11.

Asking for clarification 

Asking for clarification visual

Losing Social Communication Tale by Whitney Bromley. Posted 2/7/12
Losing Social Comm Tale
Voice Volume Chart by Susan Carrillo.  Posted 3/3/12
Voice Volume Chart
Mr. Worry Social Communication Tale by Shelby Mutchie.  Posted 3/3/12.
Mr. Worry Story
Problem Solving Scenarios Created by Angie Fleming.  Posted 6/10/12

Problem Solving Cards

Problem Solving Directions

Cause/Predict Scenarios  Created by Angie Fleming.  Posted 6/10/12



Personal Narrative Ring Created by Amy Federer.  Posted 6/10/12
Personal Narrative Ring
Pragmatics - Following Directions  Created by Pat Mervine. Posted 10/17/12.

Pragmatics Directions

Pragmatics letter

Taking Turns Social Communication Tale Posted 2/15/13.
Taking Turns story

My Peanut Allergy Social Communication Tale  This story is intended to help students understand and explain to

others their peanut allergy.  It has been created in a Word Document for easy editing.  Simply type in the student’s name,

school, and print.  It includes pictures as well as sentence strips so the student can practice saying,

“I am allergic to peanuts.” Created by Jennifer Curtiss.  Posted 10/22/13.

My Peanut Allergy Story

Greeting and Weekend Cards  Pragmatic cards for elementary students working on answering "how are you?"

and "how was your weekend?" Includes correct and incorrect answers. Use for answering questions, matching

questions to answers, and determining which follow-up question goes with the responses. Created by Kiki Crider.

Posted 11/7/13.

Greeting and Weekend Cards
TurnTaking Visual & Directions  by Kate D'Agostino.  Posted 1/26/14.

Turn taking visual

Turn taking directions


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