Learning to respond to questions and also to ask questions are important skills that helps initiate and continue conversations. Answering questions requires receptive and expressive skills.
When a question is asked, the learner needs to process the question and be able to formulate an appropriate response and then respond.
- Open-ended questions develop verbal expression and cannot be answered with just a yes or no.
While it is good to start with close-ended questions, the open-ended questions are the ones that develop verbal expression.
You will find the relevant vocabulary under Advanced > Questions
Note:The above vocabulary is taken from Avaz India app
Various ‘wh’ questions like ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ are used for asking open ended questions. Ability to respond to respond to Wh-questions require 20 or more words of expressive vocabulary so that they are able to combine words to respond - simple 2-word phrases can be formed.
The initial set of questions words that can be taught are:
- Requires labelling skills
- Click here for How to teach responding to WHAT questions?
- Requires knowledge of locations and places
- Click here for How to teach WHERE questions?
- Requires knowledge of identification of persons
- Click here for How to teach WHO questions?
- Slightly more advanced concept
- Requires the knowledge of time concepts and conditional concepts
- Click here for How to teach responding to When questions
The following are more advanced concepts that can be taught after the above are understood. Teaching these concepts are not easy and require multiple repetitions and practice by creating many more opportunities.
- Requires inferential skills
Please note that asking too many questions is not good practice! Asking questions is more intimidating and adds more pressure to the learner, to respond. Instead, try using more comments, relating information etc. and making it more conversational, without the learner feeling "tested".
Avaz Blog - When AAC Learners ask questions