Questions vs. Statements
discussed, "Should You Ask a Non-Verbal
Child a Question?"
that's a good question. My answer is: usually not. Instead, make statements!
Children will respond
to statements because:
- They are not threatened by
- They know they are not being
requested to answer
- They can enjoy the moment
- They are being included in the
- They are hearing more vocabulary
- They are hearing more intonation
patterns and animation
- They are in a "learning" pattern
rather than a "testing" pattern
- They will value the SLP (adult) as
be an SLP who makes statements takes training because SLPs are accustomed to
asking questions and seeking answers. There's a better way. By making statements,
you will find out more information than using all the who, what, and wheres you
can pour out of a bucket.
is especially productive with children and adults with Aspergers Syndrome because
they are verbal and it comes as such a pleasant change to not be under such
communicative pressure to always be requested to respond. Using statements
encourages expressive speech from this population. This speech becomes more
spontaneous, natural and less robotic. Wow! That's huge.
Try making statements instead of questions to all of your
ASD/language disordered students for two weeks. This will take a change of your
own communication patterns. See how the children and adults respond. Try this
same technique in your home environment as well. It's the best way to talk to
make good things happen."