Butting in to a coversation

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Butting in to a conversation

Butting in to a conversation

Butting in

Butting in to a conversation is when you interrupts someone while they are speaking.

It is usually not OK to butt in to a conversation. Butting in can make people annoyed or upset. Many adults do not like it when children interrupt their conversations.

It is more polite to wait your turn to speak. You do this by listening for a pause in the conversation.

Sometimes people do need to butt in. It is OK to do this if it is an emergency. It is sometimes OK to butt in if it is urgent, but we usually say sorry for doing so.

Butting in to someone else’s conversation is not OK unless you have a very important reason to.

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Use the above example to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. This example is available in a printable format below.

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Butting in to a conversation

Personal Space

A print out version of the social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

How do you stop a child interrupting you?

Social Story Introduction

Social Story Resources

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