How to Join a Group Social Story
This social story developed by ASERT explains how to join a group of people.
When I see a group of people talking, I may want to join them.
But first, I need to make sure that it is okay to join the group.
They may not want me to join their group, and that is okay.
I start by standing back and listening to what they are talking about.
I make eye contact with someone in the group and smile.
This shows that I am friendly and interested in what they are talking about.
I walk up to the group.
I wait for a pause in the conversation before I say anything.
When there is a pause, I ask if they mind if I join the group.
If they say I can join, I smile and say “Thank you.”
I should introduce myself and say “Hi” to the group members.
If they say I cannot join, I smile, say “Okay,” and walk away.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.