Almost every boy I’ve worked with who has attended a social skills group in the past has been taught to initiate conversation with other boys by asking things like:
“What are your interests”?
“What do you like to do”?
“How are you doing today?
These questions sound awkward and unnatural to boys because boys don’t start conversations by asked broad, experiential questions for the most part.
This week in 7th grade group we talked about appropriate ways to make small talk and how to initiate conversation that sounds natural to their peers.