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Pragmatic language Not Bad Behavior! Expected vs unexpected behaviors

Pragmatic language Not Bad Behavior! Expected vs unexpected behaviors

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Not bad behavior is a pragmatic language activity for our younger students/clients (4-8) that teach the concept of unexpected versus expected behaviors using games and activities. Behaviors are not inherently bad or good but depend on the context. This activity uses everyday actions and activities to discuss what behaviors are expected versus unexpected. There are activities for a group as well as individual work!


Expected versus unexpected definitions printable

Expected versus unexpected picture cards

Pragmatic situation cards with discussion questions regarding the impact of behaviors on our feelings and others.

Color the behaviors activity

Behaviors maze and matching activity 

I created this as an easy-to-use and FUNctional pragmatics activity for your students and clients. Perfect for both small groups and individuals whether you see your students and clients in person or via teletherapy.

What other SLPs are saying:

This resource is a great way to introduce the concept of unexpected/expected behaviors with your clients. I appreciate the handout format (great to send home) along with the many examples and activities. I use this with every single Social Skills/Pragmatic Language kiddo that I have.

This is an excellent resource for younger students. My kindergarten kids were highly engaged in this activity. Great visuals!

This is a staple in my speech room!

Shannon Archer, M.S, CCC-SLP

A school-based and private practice SLP (yep I wear many hats like you) who creates activities to give you A Gift of Speech through FUNctional, research-based, and time-saving speech and language activities!


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