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Interrupting

  1. Decide if you need to interrupt because you need help or you want something.
    Two teachers are talking while a child picks up a cookie jar. Child thinks, "I need help getting this cookie jar open."
    The boy can’t open the jar. He will interrupt the teachers for help.

     

  2. Walk up to the person and wait for a pause.
Child thinks, "I will wait until they stop talking." Child doesn't wait, but yanks on teacher's shirt. Teacher says, "Hey, don't grab! We're talking here."

Right Way

The boy walked up to the teachers and is waiting for them to stop talking and look at him.

Wrong Way

The boy did not wait for them to stop talking, he grabbed the teachers arm.

 

  1. Say “Excuse me . . .” then ask for what you want or need.
Child says, "Excuseme, can you help me open this?" Child insists, "Help me now!" while yanking on teacher's shirt. Teacher says, "No, you have to ask first without grabbing." Other teacher thinks, "He'll never get help that way."

Right Way

The boy says “excuse me” and asks for help.

Wrong Way

The boy did not say “excuse me” or ask for help, he just grabbed the teacher.

 

  1. Wait for them to give it to you.
Teacher opens cookie jar and says, "Here you go. Have a cookie." Child says, "Thanks."
The boy waited for the teachers to help him open the jar.

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The Social Skills Picture Book, Dr. Jed Baker
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