Strategy: Comic Strip Conversations Appropriate Grade Level

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Behavior Management

Strategy: Comic Strip Conversations

Appropriate Grade Level: K-3rd grades

(good for use with students who have autism and/or aggression)


The first step is to draw a four-panel template on a piece of typing paper, then duplicate the template and staple the copies into a "book." (Older students will need more panels for their comic strips, but four is adequate for primary students.)

Introduce the student to the idea of drawing out a social situation.

Open to the first page and say, "Let's draw a picture about what happened today."

The teacher models for student how to draw stick figures to represent herself, her peers, and the teacher and how to use the speech bubbles to indicate thoughts, feelings, or words that were said

 For the last panel, the teacher says, "We need to think of a way to make this better. We need a solution to this problem."

Comments and/or tips: Comic strip conversations and social stories are designed to teach students social skills and improve social understanding. They are also used it to help parents and professionals understand the perspective of the student, while informing the student about what is occurring in a given situation and why. a comic strip conversation is a visual interaction between two or more people in which information is enhanced by the use of simple symbols, stick-figure drawings, and color. Ongoing communication in typical social situations is illustrated in the comic strips.


Glaeser, Barbara C., Pierson, Melinda R., Fritschmann, and Nanette. (2003). Comic Strip Conversations: A Positive Behavioral Support Strategy. Teaching Exceptional Children, 36(2), 14-19.

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