Nonverbal Communication, Social Communication, and Body Language

Contributed by: Cindy Wang, MA

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This was a written IEP goal for my student, so we spent a lot of time with this activity. However, this can be a fun reward lesson, rainy day lesson, or lazy day lesson! My student really enjoyed learning all the different types of nonverbal and social communication cues and body language forms. He had even more fun using them on me.

All I did was write a variety of nonverbal and social communication cues and body language forms on cards. Then I had them brailed, so my student can access it.

For our lesson, I would fan out the cards in my hand and have my student pick a card. First, he would read what the card said. Then I would explain the meaning the nonverbal/social communication cue and/or body language form, describe how to show it, and provide examples of when people use it.

My student really enjoyed going over these cards. One time, I was taking a while to get set up for the lesson, so he started tapping his foot to show me he was getting impatient!

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