“I made small talk!”

Belle never understood small talk and has always expected other kids to initiate conversations. That’s fine with kids who know her or who are trained by me or school staff, but kids that are new to her, and might feel shy or uncomfortable in a new situation themselves Ive been trying to move Belle to consider their perspective and to be the person to welcome the new girl. After a few days of complaining that a new girl wouldn’t talk to her, I took the initiative to introduce them ( and no more). Belle took it from there asking and answering appropriate questions about their horses, school and grade. She then left very proud that she made a friend and some ” small talk”.

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