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Have your secondary special education class learn and practice effective communication skills. Both verbal and non-verbal communication is discussed and practiced. They communicate using body language, build listening skills, and discuss socially appropriate communication. This lesson may not be appropriate for completely non verbal or autistic high schoolers, it does involve strong eye contact and physical touch. Still, a great lesson.
Students learn when to speak or when to be quiet.  In this communication skill lesson, students read a story that points out good communication skills. Students complete a KWL about making good observations.  Students role play making good decisions about when to speak and when not to.  Students answer critical thinking questions.
Many developmentally disabled learners struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This instructional activity contains fun activities and exercises, such as talking with their hands and reacting scenes, as well as great instructional support to practice these skills. Learners review body language and paraphrasing as tools for improving communication.
Having good written communication skills is a must in today's workplace. Foster these skills by engaging learners is a discussion on how good writing skills can improve communication in the workplace. Have them write a project proposal for a formal or business audience. After they have written their papers they'll swap them with a peer for review.
Communication is how we make exchanges, plan, and obtain what we want or need. Foster business communication skills used in the work of agriculture. Intended for an agribusiness class, the lesson introduces learners to communication types, skills, and functions. 
In this specific listening comprehension instructional activity, students listen to an audio file and then choose the best answer to 15 corresponding multiple choice questions. Students then respond to four questions about non-verbal communication in their own culture.
High schoolers compare phone negotiations with in person negotiations to identify the non-verbal communication that is produced in face-to-face meetings. They practice forms of non-verbal communication by reciting the alphabet and showing a particular emotion through non-verbal cues.
Third graders, in groups, practice outdoors with communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity.
Students learn how cats communicate with humans. In this non verbal communication lesson, students learn how cats communicate with humans. Students discuss how they communicate their thoughts and feelings and the differences between verbal and non verbal communication. Students explore how cats use non verbal communication and complete a worksheet on what they've learned.
Students examine the various combinations that contemporary extended families take on. They identify how strong communication skills are important to the health of the family after reading a an excerpt from a first-person fictional journal.
Students explore communication techniques by participating in speech role-playing activities. In this conflict resolution lesson, students identify the keys to being a good communicator such as listening, eye contact, and the tone of their voice. Students conduct discussions with classmates while employing these techniques.
Does your class need to talk about communication skills? Then use this presentation to go through the key components of communication. It's not all about talking, but also about listening. Of course, there is room for expanded discussions with the class by using what's here in the presentation as a jumping-off point. All the teacher would have to do to expand the lesson is ask the class to share some examples. 
Use this worksheet as a pre-assessment to find out what your learners know about communication skills. Or, use it for taking notes while discussing communication. There is plenty of space to write about communication styles, paraphrasing, and active listening. Perhaps it could even be used as a post-assessment. 
Get to talking with your special needs class. In pairs, they take turns telling each other where to go on a schematic map. They work to ask questions, answer questions, and check if their partner understands their directions, or if he needs clarification. 
Students discuss communication skills. For this language arts lesson, students use hand puppets to discuss a specific topic with a partner.
Students practice assertive communication. In this bullying prevention lesson, students differentiate between passive, aggressive, and assertive behaviors. Students role-play to practice assertive communication when dealing with a bully.
Explore the importance of correct verbal and written communication in the real world. Middle schoolers brainstorm what their world would be like without punctuation, listen to and read excerpts without punctuation, and record and present possible solutions.
Young scholars explore the impact of written communication. In this ancient civilizations lesson, students investigate communication from ancient Sumer and discuss its relevance today. Young scholars watch a multimedia presentation about cuneiform and then create their own pictorial writing system. 
Having social skills and being able to assert yourself in a positive way is so important. Students with mild to moderate disabilities engage in a series of activities to practice assertive communication and social skills. Perfect for a secondary special education class learning how to be socially appropriate in a safe way.
How does one have a discussion with a partner about a sexually transmitted disease? This is probably not a conversation that happens to be in everyone's repertoire. This instructional activity presents some role-playing scenarios that your class can participate in, as well as have the opportunity to create their own. It will probably feel a bit awkward, but it's good practice to hear and have these kinds of conversations.

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