Walking Through our “Using Language to Get What you Want” Worksheet

By Brittany Lehane April 16, 2015

We recently came out with some free social skills worksheets! Download them here.

I like to talk to my students about the different ways we use language.  I start by asking them to think about all the different reasons they communicate. At times we use it socially to talk to friends, other times we are trying to gain something we need. Then I explain that the reason we communicate is important to think about because it changes the way we will talk. Our worksheet is all about using language in different ways.

Social Problem Solving

To use this worksheet, talk through the different scenarios with your students. Together, figure out the purpose of communication in each example. I usually have a whiteboard with me to write down the purpose as a visual cue for my students. Next, discuss what words to use. Again, write it down in front of the students or have the students write it down on the worksheet. Once you have an option of what to say, predict what would happen if you said that. This is a nice way to tie in problem solving and social skill practice. Ask the group, “If we say these words, what will happen? Will it cause a problem?” You may need to go back and find a better option.


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Our Worksheet

Looking at this example from the worksheet:

“You need to ask your teacher for help but they are working at their desk. You’re not sure if they are too busy. What would you say?”

This scenario has a clear purpose of communication, the student needs help. Common mistakes students make with this scenario are either interrupting the teacher or not asking for help at all. Both of these are communication blunders that set you up to be able to explain the appropriate solution. You can explain how to interrupt in a polite way or if students say they would not ask for help at this time, let them know that it is expected behavior to ask for help if they need it. This is a natural time to talk about looking for clues in the situation or reading the situation. What would be some clues that tell us this isn’t a good time? Is the teacher on the phone or in the middle of helping someone else? If not then you can ask for help.

Role Play as a Tool

A great way to help students understand each scenario is have them act out each situation. Seeing the action can be easier to understand than reading it from a page. Another benefit is you can then model the appropriate interaction.

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Jenna says

Thank you. These are really excellent.

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