Conversation Targets

Sometimes I get a great idea and it takes me a day to whip up the material for my students. This product was not that easy. I’ve been working on it since January. Three months later and I’m finally sharing it!


This product is developed to help students practice conversational skills including initiating conversation, continuing conversation, changing the subject, and ending the conversation. This product works best for children age 8+. Each area of practice has 20 cards for practice in two different levels. Level one targets topics for elementary students. Level two targets topics relevant to secondary students. A total of 160 cards  are included for practice.



Use this poster to explain the concept to your students. The whole point of having a conversation with someone is to share information and leave your listener feeling happy and relaxed. When we say off topic, rude, or weird comments that makes the other person feel stress, annoying, weird, etc. Use the target to explain which topics/comments are right on the mark and which ones miss the target.  As they get farther from the center, the listener feels more uncomfortable.

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Practice will post-it notes on a big target.



This example shows a situation followed by examples at each level of the target.





160 cards included target beginning conversations, continuing conversation, changing the subject,and  ending the conversation.




I’ve also included teaching posters for each of the conversational skills to act as a jumping off point for discussion.

This product has been perfect for some of my later elementary and middle school students. Feel free to laminate the cards, and write directly on the target on each one. That’s what we have been doing. I made each card pretty large, but you can always print ‘half size’ if you’d like!

You can find this product for sale over at TpT in my shop!

What do you think? Could you use this? Leave me a comment below and I’ll send a freebie to one lucky reader!

Lovely comments

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    Jamie T says

    This email came through just as I was planning for my Social skills language group. I love the visuals that are used to support the language. Looking forward to giving it a try!

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    Nicole Hoefferle says

    Thanks for sharing I have a few students who could benefit from this tremendously.

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    Vickie Jones says

    Just by the preview I can tell this would be a huge help and a great thiing do with some of my kiddos the day before their lunch time social group with friends

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    JEAN Hendrickson says

    This looks like a gem! I know just the students that I could put it to the test with. I need to head over to TPT and check this one out.

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    Danielle says

    At least half of my MM/MS high school students are working on this! This would be perfect for them!

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    Nicole Conforti says

    This looks like exactly what I need for my middle schoolers. I would love to win it!

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    Kim Stebbins says

    Thank you for sharing your great ideas. I’m always impressed with the ideas you come up!!

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    Melissa Carpenter says

    YES! I could definitely use this! I love social groups. I wish I could do them all day! HA! These are great. Thank you!

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    Judy Hale says

    Love the ‘targets’ and this product really targets those conversation skills (pun intended)! Have a few groups in mind for this, definitely!

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    Figuratively Speeching SLP says

    This would be perfect for my MS and life skills students. The targets are a great way to demonstrate on topic and off toic remarks. Thankd for the opportunity to win such a wonderful product. It’s wish listed, just in case :-)

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    Jordan Laine says

    Looks very cool, can think of a few ways to use this with my Social Skills groups!

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    Carol says

    Use of the target is a great visual, especially when dealing with kids who need something simple yet familiar, something they can relate to. I’ve got upper elementary and middle school ED kids who are working on conversation, in an attempt at finding/making some friends. This really looks great, Jenna!

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    Brooke Evans says

    This is great! Always need more social language activities that are fun and visual. Hope I win!

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    Jennifer McDonough says

    I’m always looking for new ways to target social skills and engage my older kiddos! This is great. Thanks so much for your fabulous ideas!

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    Jessie Hoffman says

    This is sitting in my TpT cart right now! I’m starting a social group soon, once evaluations slow down a little, and this would be PERFECT! Thanks for another great product!

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    Lisa Helvie says

    The target visual is a fantastic idea to explicitly show students where their comments would fall in the conversation! I could have definitely used this during my social thinking group today to guide some out-there comments back to the center! :-)

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    Helen Wagner says

    What a labor of love! Wonderful packet for teaching conversational skills! Would love to have this for my middle schoolers!

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    Karlee Kerr says

    This would be a great tool to use with several of my clients who really struggle in this area!

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    Sara Davis says

    Jenna- This looks fabulous! I am always searching for materials to use with my high school students with ASD and most of what I find is more suitable for the younger population. I love the use of visuals. You nailed it again!

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    Jenna K says

    I work with elementary self contained students who have 90 minutes or more of language. We would definitely benefit from this! We have such a hard time holding relevant conversations about a lesson. Quite a few of my students on the spectrum would gain valuable skills too!

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    Karen Ellis says

    Ha! Not only do I have students who could use this, I know some adults who could learn a thing or two! ;-) I would love to win this!

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    Joan Pasqua says

    This looks excellent!! I’m sure my middle school kids would love something different! You are so clever!

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    Sparklle SLP says

    Boy do I have a group of students who totally need this visual for their commenting! I can see the interaction now, I might have to glue the sticky notes down so they don’t move them around to disagree! This would be a wonderful addition to my social skills materials.

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    Kelly says

    This packet really hits the marks on skills a lot of my pragmatics kiddos are working on. The teaching posters are a great addition!

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    Lana Steinle says

    I always have the hardest time coming up with things to do with my high school students. This would be perfect for them, and they would really benefit from the visuals!

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    Kelly B. says

    Looks great! It is difficult to come up with ideas week after week for targeting social skills, so I would love to add this to the mix! :)

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    Brittany N. says

    This packet looks absolutely wonderful! I have several middle and high school students on my caseload who have pragmatic language needs. I’m always looking for new and creative ways to work on these goals with them- and keep it interesting!! This would be such a great help to our sessions. You have the best ideas!! :)

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    Anna Housman says

    This would be perfect for one of my students! There is talk of exiting him, and even though he is close to mastering all of his goals he has a major problem with talking out of turn or off topic! He is quick to pick up on things though given appropriate visuals and supports…this could be just the trick for him before he goes on to middle school where people are less kind and less patient.

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    DonnaW says

    Thanks Jenna. This product is right on target with what I am working on with my students!

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    Amy C. says

    This looks great! I have the perfect group of students to use this with. It’s amazing to me how many students struggle with pragmatics.

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    Kristine W says

    Teaching conversational skills is always difficult. I think this would be a great resource to use. I think using the target would help students understand whether their comment is on or off topic.

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    Carly Fowler says

    I could definitely use this in my speech room. I have several students who struggle to initiate and maintain conversation. I can also think of a few students who struggle staying on topic. This looks great!

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    Mari says

    I was just trying to make this yesterday! I love how clear you made the illustrations! Thanks for sharing!

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    Stacey Roth says

    This is the perfect product for my 5th grade pragmatic language group. We just finised breaking down the parts of a conversation and are ready to start practicing. This is the perfect way to start! I love that this is a visual (and very literal) way to help them understand and see when they are having expected and unexpected conversational exchanges. As usual, fabulous product!!!

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    Amy says

    Conversation skills can be so difficult to teach. Thanks for creating something that walks students through the parts of having a successful conversation and also gives them visual aids. You are the best!

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    Mary says

    I could so use this! I seem to have tons of older kids on my caseload with social skills goals. This looks great!

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    Jen Ruggles says

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing. I love the visuals, so fun. I have SO many kiddos I am working on conversation skills with right now, and I am always looking for fun, new things to do in therapy. Thanks for all you do, so creative.

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    Jenna, this is such a fantastic resource! So pleased you stuck with it. It can sometimes be soo hard to keep the motivation of making a product… you obviously knew you were onto a good one!

    Fab, can’t wait to download for my groups!

    -The SLT Scrapbook. :)

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    Kelsey says

    As always, I am super impressed by the amount of time & effort you put in to your fabulous products! Thanks for sharing!

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    Angie says

    I was just trying to teach this concept two days ago. This visual would have been a perfect to have!!!

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