“My Turn” Activity
Description: Conversational turn-taking is often a skill that is difficult for our children with social impairments. For this activity, we’ll start at the very beginning. Get out an activity that the child enjoys but that requires turn taking. This can be a simple game or even just passing a toy between two people. Use a simple visual aid like the one above (you can download ours below or use your own). Hand the visual to the child and help the child point to the visual and say “It’s my turn”. You can also simplify this down to “my turn” or “me” if the child is less verbal. Or, you can just have him touch the picture if she’s non-verbal. Let her take a turn and then take the visual back from her and repeat the same for yourself (say “it’s my turn” and point to the picture). Then, you take your turn. Next, hand the visual back to the child and look at her expectantly. If she doesn’t reply, use the smallest amount of prompting necessary to get her to indicate that it’s her turn again. Keep doing this until the child will ask for a term independently.