If you’ve been around The Autism Helper block you know I have an obsession with wh- questions. I love teaching them, creating innovative methods so my students can learn them, and pretty much can’t stop talking about them. Answering who, what, where, when, and why questions are a critical foundational skill that effect functional independence, the ability to make friendships and have a conversation, academic success, and reading comprehension. Mega important stuff here, people.
A simple and fun activity that incorporates wh- questions and thematic learning is working on Community Helper Questions. We love these Occupation Flashcards. I love that they are real photos and have a wide range of community helpers beyond just the basics.
Activities don’t need to be complicated. Grab a few dry erase boards and work on simple wh- questions related to the community helpers. Target auditory listening skills by saying the questions aloud as opposed to using a worksheet or writing the questions on the board.
Ask simple questions such as “Who is in the picture?” “Where does the custodian work?” “What is the man wearing?”
Challenge your students with more complex and abstract questions such as “Which job would you rather have?” or “Why do you think he is wearing a uniform?”
This simple activity can target a wide range of communication goals & skill levels!
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