Talkabout Assessment Tool
From the widely used Talkabout series, created by Speech Therapist Alex Kelly. Talkabout is a complete programme that develops self-esteem, social skills and friendship skills. It is based on teaching children in groups in school or college but can be adapted for 1:1 sessions or at home. The programme uses a hierarchical method of developing skills where basic or foundation skills are taught before more complicated skills.
This is a social skills assessment tool. This comprehensive tool provides an assessment of social skills in the following areas:
- Body Language - eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, distance, touch, fidgeting, posture and personal appearance
- The Way We Talk - Volume, Rate, Clarity, Intonation, Fluency
- Conversation - Listening, Starting a conversation, Taking turns, Asking questions, Answering questions, Being relevant, Repairing, Ending a conversation
- Assertiveness - Expressing feelings, Standing up for yourself, Making suggestions, Refusing, Disagreeing, Complaining, Apologising, Requesting explanations.
The assessment tool also provides a visual summary of a person's non-verbal, verbal and assertiveness skills and provides an excellent start-point for planning appropriate intervention.