Wh-questions are a common type of question in English that are used by parents and teachers to encourage children to think about what they are talking about and why. They can also be used by teachers to help students understand the world around them better. When teaching wh-questions speech therapy, you should ask the child at least two questions. For example:
- What is your favorite food?
- What do you like best about school?
If you don’t know the answer to these questions, then ask the child if he or she does. If so, then ask for clarification and provide it in response.
Then ask another two questions, such as:
- What color is your favorite shirt?
- What color is your favorite pants?
If necessary, repeat this process until all of the child’s answers have been given and then move on to another topic. This will help them learn how to use wh-questions properly in everyday conversation without needing additional training from someone else’s mouth.
To teach wh questions in speech therapy, you will need to introduce them to your student in a way that keeps them engaged and excited to learn. You’ll also want to keep track of what they’re learning so you can be sure they aren’t getting overwhelmed or confused.
Wh questions are questions that begin with words like who, what, where, when, why and how. They are also known as “open-ended” or “interrogative” questions because they require more than just a yes/no answer from someone (e.g., “Who ate your sandwich?”). These types of statements can help build up vocabulary for children who struggle with language development or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Wh questions are used every day by people all around us – from asking directions on where something is located (e.g., “Where did you go?”) to inquiring about an event’s time frame (“When is Mommy coming home?”).
Teaching wh questions can be a challenging task for many SLPs. Especially when you have higher level students and young adults with more complex needs. Here is a simple method I use to teach wh questions in speech therapy with my older students, including high schoolers and young adults.
This method teaches wh questions in the same way that they are asked in real life. For example, if I ask a question like, “Where did you go on vacation?” I would be looking for a response that starts with a W or H word like: “We went to the beach”.
So how do you teach this? The most effective way is to start by using this method with only ONE type of wh question at a time. Choose if you want to teach who, what, when, where and how questions (or all of them). Then choose one of these categories as your starting point and stick with it until your students have mastered it.
Questions that begin with words like what, when, where, who, and why are called wh- questions. They ask for information. Children use these questions to gather information about their environment. Information gathering is a key language skill that helps children learn about the world around them.
Imagine your child has a hard time with one of the most fundamental and basic skills in language—asking questions. This can make it difficult to carry on conversations, learn new things, or participate in social situations. For example, if someone asks your child what his favorite food is for lunch, he may answer “sandwich” without saying the question word “what.” That’s why teaching wh- questions is so important.
A wh- question is one that uses a question word like who, what, when, where, which, why, and how. When children are learning language, wh- questions are some of the first ones they learn to ask (after yes/no questions).