Free Visual Support:Comment- Question Board (PDF)
Students with social learning difficulties often struggle with learning how to share their intentions for social interactions within conversations- e.g., greeting, taking turns, calling, showing off, etc. Specific challenges related to these difficulties in sharing intentions in the areas of commenting and requesting information are particularly significant in that they impact a student’s ability to sustain conversational topics with others and to form relationships. The Comment-Question board is a tool that can be utilized in semi-structured environments to visually illustrate the desired balance between comments and questions in a conversation. One side of the support has the written cue, “I can make a comment,” while the other side of the support has the written cue, “I can ask a question.” During a semi-structured conversation between peers, a supportive partner should place a visual cue (e.g., a penny)on the “I can make a comment.” side of the board for each relevant comment that is made. When a relevant question is asked by one of the students involved in the conversation, the partner should place a more significant visual cue (e.g., a dime) on the “I can ask a question” side of the board. The combination of these visual supports and cues are designed to highlight the notion that asking a question is more “valuable,” as it turns the conversation over to a partner. The video tutorial briefly explains the rationale and use of the support.