You were at school and you were running in the hallway. You ran past a teacher and she gave you a look. What kind of look do you think was on her face and why? What do you think you should do?
You are playing cards with some kids and one of them burps out loud. His face turns red and everyone looks at him. Why did his face turn red? Why did everyone look at him? How do you think he felt? What could you say or do?
You got home from school really late because you stopped by the river on the way home and threw rocks. When you walked in the door your mom had a worried look on her face. What does a worried face look like? Why was she worried? What do you think you should say or do?
After soccer practice you hand out birthday invitations to everyone except a little boy you didn’t know. As you were leaving you saw him crying and talking to his mom. Why was the boy crying? What could you do or say?
After dinner on Friday night you wanted to go to the movies, but your mom said no because she didn’t have enough time to wash the dishes, pick up your sister, and get you to the movie theater on time. How do you feel about this? What could you do or say so that you could still go to the movies?
Your sister was out riding her new bike. She suddenly came running in the house crying. Why do you think she was crying and what could you do about it?
Your teacher asked what kind of cupcake everyone wanted and you said you didn’t care, but the girl next to you said she wanted chocolate. Your teacher passed the cupcakes out and you got chocolate. You were about to eat it when you noticed the girl next to you had a sad face and had not touched her cupcake yet. What did her face look like? Why do you think she felt sad? What could you do about it?
You were at school having quiet free time. Everyone could choose something they wanted to do, so you chose to draw. You got out your favorite clicking pen that turned different colors every time you clicked. You were playing with your pen and you looked over at the girl next to you who was reading. She looked at you with a different look on her face that wasn’t very nice. What kind of face do you think she gave you? Why do you think she looked at you that way? What could you do about it?
You are watching a movie with your little sister about the coolest monster ever. You look over at you sister and she has a scared look on her face. Why do you think she looks scared? What could you do or say?
A girl in your class is bossy and not very nice. One day she brought cookies for her birthday and handed them out to everyone one by one. When she got to you, she set the cookie on your desk, and then looked at you with her eyebrows raised and her mouth pursed. Why did she do that? What did her face mean? What should you do?
Someone in your class teased you because you got so many wrong on your spelling test. How did you feel? What did you do?
Your friends finished their work, but you weren't finished yet. They were playing a game. How would you feel? What would you do?
The teacher asked you a question in class, but you didn't know the answer. How do you feel? What do you do?
Your schedule changed. You will have an assembly instead of your favorite art class. How do you feel and what do you do about it?
You were working on a test and the bell rang. You were not done. How do you feel? What would you do?
Some students in class are telling lies about your friend. How does that make you feel and what would you do?
You noticed the new girl in class didn't have anyone to play with during recess. How would you feel if you were her? What would you do?
Your friend got a new haircut. You really liked it. What could you do?
You and a friend were playing a game. Another classmate asked to join your game. What would you say?
Your friend was shooting baskets in PE class and missed every shot. How do you think he felt and what would you do?
In the lunch room, your friend dropped his tray and his food went all over the floor. What do you think he is feeling and what would you do?
While you were walking in the hall, a girl tripped you and started laughing. How does that make you feel and what would you do about it?
This list of functional words was professionally selected to be the most useful for a child or adult who has difficulty with social scenarios.
We encourage you to use this list when practicing social scenarios at home.
Home practice will make progress toward meeting individual language goals much faster.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are only able to see students/clients 30-60 mins (or less) per week. This is not enough time or practice for someone to strengthen their understanding of and responses to different social scenarios.
Every day that your loved one goes without social scenarios practice it becomes more difficult to help them.
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