Talking While Eating

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Talking While Eating

Sitting down to eat a meal with family or friends is a sociable thing that most people like to do. It is a time when everyone can share news about the things that are happening in their lives and also tell interesting facts and stories they've learnt. People take turns to speak just like in any other conversation.

However, there are some special rules about talking while eating:

Talking with your mouth full of food is not a polite thing to do.

Always try to wait until you have finished chewing and swallowing the food in your mouth before speaking.

Taking small mouthfuls of food can make it easier to quickly join in with a conversation when you want to.

Sometimes people break these rules but we should all try not to.

Talking during a meal is a nice thing to do but not when you have food in your mouth.

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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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Talking While Eating

Talking While Eating

A print out version of the social story example above.

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