Free Visual Support:Reciprocal Statements – Thanksgiving Commenting (PDF)
Engaging in social conversations, particularly during less structured times (e.g., snack, lunch, etc) can be challenging for children with ASD and related developmental disabilities. Research has demonstrated that early language learners often initially engage in social conversations by making reciprocal statements with peers about common topics (e.g., preferred toy, shirt color, etc). This topic board is designed to support early symbolic communicators in making reciprocal statements about a familiar experience, Thanksgiving. Obviously, the structure of this board can be applied to countless topics. The individual words in the word bank on the second page is to be cut out, laminated, and velcroed on the top of the first page. All children present in the interaction should be encouraged to use the support to make their contributions to the conversation so that the child with ASD can benefit from modeling, as well as augmentative support.