Here are some ways you can help your adult child get better at conversation
If they open up and admit to similar struggles, offer to help.
Model a good conversation when talking to your adult child.
Use the same conversation etiquette you would use when speaking with a friend or someone you just met. I don't mean you can't talk about an issue. Just speak to them as you would any other adult. They learn by modelling.
Point out physical cues (discreetly) when you watch your adult child having a conversation.
You can also use this technique while watching television. When you notice a social cue on the show you're both watching, rewind it and ask them to pay attention. Then discuss what the behavior was and what it meant. Never do this when other people are around, though. The easiest way to get your adult child to stop listening to you is to embarrass them.
Practice Turn-Taking when talking to your adult child.
Challenge social mistakes with your adult child's conversations.
Use it to help someone you love (or yourself) learn how conversations work so they can begin to thrive socially.
The Get Better at Conversation Workbook includes:
- a 19-page breakdown of the parts of conversation
- techniques and tips for navigating each part in different scenarios
- Journal pages with specific techniques to help with practicing the skills
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